In the famous Eden Gardens of Kolkata today, the 41st match of IPL played between Mumbai and Kolkata. KKR, on the other hand, slid to fifth after spending considerable time in the top half of the league.
Then entered the young lad from Jharkhand, Ishan Kishan who attacked the KKR bowlers right from the start. Chasing a 211-run target, the Knight Riders innings was wrapped up for a pathetic 108 in 18.1 overs. With five done, Mumbai have two more bowling options in Duminy and Ben Cutting, albeit expensive ones. Kishan smashed debutant Prasidh Krishna for three boundaries in an over before smacking four successive sixes off Kuldeep and talking about his ultra-aggressive approach, he said the skipper Rohit Sharma had given him the full freedom to go all out.
Kishan took a particular liking to Kuldeep Yadav, and the 23-year-old may well have finished the night with neck pain having watched the ball sent to all parts. Kishan had not only raced to a 17-ball half-century, the joint second-fastest in IPL 2018, but also had snatched the game away from KKR.
In the next over, Kishan fell in the most Kishan-like manner. Batting issues are not the only ones KKR need to deal with though, with some patchy bowling also standing in the way of consistent success.
The Australian all-rounder played a terrific cameo of 24 runs off just nine deliveries with the bat, smashing Piyush Chawla over the boundary easily in the last over, and then returned to claim figures of 1/12 with the ball in two overs.
Kolkata lost Sunil Narine for four off the second delivery of their innings, and it was all downhill from there.
The home team could have recovered from that early setback with Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa at the crease.
Kolkata lost Lynn and Karthik (above) to run-outs.
KKR could not afford to slow down and that approach had Uthappa holing out to deep midwicket.
Poor running between the wickets then cost captain Dinesh Karthik, who was run out in another mix-up with Nitish Rana. It is a must-win game for both teams as the loss will enforce them to rely on the results of other matches. So, why change a winning tactic?
Mumbai Indians have always had the wood on KKR. In contrast, KKR's short balls went for 10 per over and earned them no wickets.