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IPL 9, Match 24: MI v KKR – 5 Talking Points

Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in action during an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 28, 2016. (Photo Source: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

The Mumbai Indians completed the double over the Kolkata Knight Riders courtesy of a 6-wicket win at the Wankhede Stadium. Once again, both captains were involved as Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma both slammed half centuries. There was also an unlikely hero in Kieron Pollard who slammed a quickfire half century in just 17 deliveries to ensure a Mumbai Indians win. Needless to say, Gambhir missed the trick once more.

1. Gambhir play’s another captain’s knock:

Gautam Gambhir hasn’t been the luckiest batsman in terms of umpire decisions of late. However, on the night against the Mumbai Indians, Gambhir had luck going his way. New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan let a top edge from the bat of the KKR skipper slip right through his fingers off his own bowling on 8 and thereafter Gambhir played a flawless knock and made sure he added another half-century to his kitty and led the KKR batting from the front.

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2. Uthappa, Yadav, and Russell come good:

The batting unit has been rather well oiled for the most part for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Eyebrows were raised when Shakib Al Hasan came in to bat early on in the innings. However, he was dismissed, exposing the core of the middle order. The lineup sans came to the fore with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, and Andre Russell chipping in with vital knocks. A blast from Yusuf Pathan which saw him slam 4 deliveries to the fence ensured that the Knight Riders had a total to defend on a decent batting surface.

3. Rohit Sharma and KKR bowling:

Rohit Sharma loves the KKR bowling attack. Sure, it boasts of excellent bowlers in the form of Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel. However, the mighty and lofty challenge seems to be the drug Rohit Sharma gets out of playing against the Knight Riders. He slammed his second half century against the Knight Riders in this edition of the IPL. He put up a valiant 68 and remained unbeaten in his quest for victory. In the process, Rohit slammed 8 boundaries and 2 sixes in his compilation.

4. Ambati Rayudu continues his fine form:

Ambati Rayudu is often seen as the person who weighs the anchor or cleans the bad pipes each time there is a problem within the MI ranks. On the day, once again, Rayudu came to the fore with yet another gem of an innings, scoring 32 of just 20 deliveries. With the Mumbai Indians losing Parthiv Patel early on in the innings, Rayudu literally played the role of an opening batsman. Needless to say, he stroked 5 boundaries and a six in his effort.

5. Pollard completes double:

One universal truth about Kieron Pollard is that if he gets going, irrespective of the circumstances, he is a hard man to stop. He averaged just the one run in the IPL season before that knock against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. This time, Pollard played the innings everyone expected him to play as he slammed the ball with vicious ferocity and authority. He brought up his fifty in just 17 deliveries, slamming 6 sixes with a strike rate of 300 as he did and took Mumbai home with a bang.

How did Twitter react to the game? – Twitter Reactions: Rohit and Pollard lead Mumbai Indians to a win over KKR

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