Ishan Kishan hits 17-ball fifty to power Mumbai to victory over Kolkata
Mumbai Indians take Knight Riders’ spot in play-off positions.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kishan, 19, reached his half-century – the joint-second fastest of the tournament so far – with three successive sixes off Kuldeep Yadav before launching the spinner’s next ball over the rope on his way to 62 off just 21 balls.
His tally of five fours and six sixes propelled Mumbai to a total of 210-6 that was far in excess of Kolkata’s reach – their reply of 108 all out off 18.1 overs featuring just two individual scores of over 20.
Mumbai’s third win in a row, and second in a week over Kolkata, means they displace Knight Riders from the fourth play-off spot.
Kolkata eased to 37-0 off five overs before Piyush Chawla (3-48) struck with his fourth ball, removing Evin Lewis before also picking up Suryakumar Yadav (36 off 32).
Kishan missed his first ball but struck his second for six, teaming up with skipper Rohit Sharma (36 off 31) to steer Mumbai to 144-2 off a little under 15 overs.
He fell trying to strike his seventh maximum of a scintillating innings, caught inches inside the deep square rope by Robin Uthappa off Sunil Narine.
Tom Curran, playing in place of Mitchell Johnson after four games on the sidelines, picked up a welcome wicket when Hardik Pandya swung a full toss to midwicket, finishing with 1-33 off three overs.
Ben Cutting (24 off nine balls) provided the coup de grace by striking the first two balls of the final over from Chawla for six to bring up the 200 before falling to a perfectly-judged catch by Andre Russell right on top of the rope. Krunal took up the mantle, striking the last ball of the innings for six as 22 off the last over.
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