Malinga leads show as MI restrict KKR to 1337

Malinga leads show as MI restrict KKR to 1337

first_imgMumbai: Lasith Malinga snared three wickets as Mumbai Indians restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 133/7 in a crucial Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. Asked to bat first, KKR paid the price for poor decision-making as Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik (3) wasted a lot of deliveries in the middle overs while Andre Russell, who was out for a first-ball duck, was not sent in to bat at No 4 after Chris Lynn (41; 29b; 2×4 4×6) had given them a steady start. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuUthappa played as many as 24 dot balls in his woeful 40 off 47 balls (1×4, 3×6) before Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma took his catch at cover off Jasprit Bumrah in the last over. Bumrah got another wicket in the very next ball, the last of the innings as Hardik Pandya caught Rinku Singh (4). Besides Malinga who leaked 35 runs in his four overs, Hardik also returned superb figures of 2/20 in three overs with Bumrah ending with 2/31. Mitchell McClenaghan did not get a wicket but gave away just 19 runs in his four overs as the hosts capped a spectacular bowling display. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAfter managing just five runs off the first two overs, KKR raced to 49/0 in the Powerplay overs, largely due to Chris Lynn who took on Malinga and Rahul Chahar to continue his good form with the bat. But the introduction of Hardik Pandya did the damage as the World Cup-bound India allrounder removed both openers in quick succession with two brilliantly executed slower deliveries. First Gill was trapped in front in the 7th over and then Lynn holed out to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, trying to go for a big shot. Uthappa and Karthik then failed to keep the momentum going as Russell watched on from the dugout.last_img

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