Knight fall: Sun rise to qualify for playoffs after KKR’s defeat

Ross Houston
May 6, 2019

Meanwhile, Shane Watson has been one of those players who has had a fluctuating season, with his last notable knock of 96 coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on 23 April.

Sam Curran ended an impressive debut season in the Indian Premier League by helping Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings. However, de Kock was dismissed just after powerplay as Dinesh Karthik took a very good catch running back behind the wicket.

Earlier, Andre Russell failed to deliver when it mattered the most as KKR scored a sub-par 133 for 7. However, Rohit Sharma (55*) and Suyakumar Yadav (46*) took Mumbai over the line and top of the table. In reply, Mumbai openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma made a cautious start. Skipper Rohit Sharma today has won the toss and asked Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium.

Lynn and Gill started slowly before they started playing their big shots. From their opening batsmen scoring 49/0 in the powerplay to them reeling at 73/4 in 13 overs, the visitors had witnessed a significant fall.

While Krunal Pandya did his bit and did not let Gill-Lynn score too many runs in the powerplay, his brother Hardik gave MI their first two wickets as he sent Gill and Lynn packing shortly after the powerplay. Pandya then got Lynn (41) caught behind in his next over. Instead of promoting West Indies power-hitter Andre Russell up the order, Knights think-tank sent captain Karthik and Robbie Uthappa (40 off 47 balls) in the middle, a move which ultimately hurt the team.

It was left to Robin Uthappa (40 off 47 balls) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13 balls) to stitch a 47-run stand for the fifth wicket to take KKR past the 120-run mark.

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