Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan smashed a 21-ball 62 as Mumbai posted 210-6 for six in their 20 overs.
In reply, Kolkata folded up for 108 inside 19 overs to hand Mumbai a comprehensive win. Rohit Sharma‘s men have now four out of their five recent matches.
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Batting first at the Eden Gardens, Mumbai were 62-2 after nine overs when Kishan walked in at number four. Going all out from the word go, Kishan launched the second ball he faced – against Kuldeep Yadav – for a six over long on.
Kishan, 19, then took three fours off leg-spinner Piyush Chawala in the next over to get the ball rolling.
But he saved his best for the 14th over by Kuldeep as hit four consecutive sixes – over square leg, mid wicket, long on and mid wicket again. His third six of the over brought up his fifty off just 17 balls which is the joint fastest for Mumbai Indians. His fourth six of the over had shades of MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot.
In all, Kishan hit five fours and six sixes during his 21-ball 62 against Kolkata. Interestingly, Kishan is a wicketkeeper from the Indian state of Jharkhand – the home state of Dhoni.
Kishan’s knock helped Mumbai post 210-6 in their 20 overs.
Ben Cutting is reliable but the express pace of Milne can rattle Kolkata at the Eden Gardens. Since the Knight Riders’ top-order isn’t exactly awe-inspiring, Mumbai can look to shock them at the top.
Kolkata pacer Shivam Mavi injured his finger the last game and was replaced by Prasidh Krishna. Dinesh Karthik might be inclined to give Mavi more time to rest as Krishna looked effective in the last game against Mumbai even though he didn’t take any wicket.
Also, Kolkata might be inclined to push Shubman Gill lower down the order and open with Sunil Narine again.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Tom Curran
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah