IPL: KKR elect to field against Mumbai


Ishan Kishan after reaching his half-century against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden on Wednesday.

Trying to loft a Narine delivery for another six at deep mid-wicket, Kishan was caught by Robin Uthappa just at the ropes to bring an end to his brilliant knock. Rohit Sharma should come in at number 3, followed by either JP Duminy or Hardik depending on the situation of the game. The late exploits of Ben Cutting (24, SR: 266.66) got MI over 200. Krunal Pandya was the next man in. With Kishan racing to 21 off 9 balls, Mumbai were suddenly not dependent on Rohit Sharma for acceleration.

In the end, it was Hardik Pandya's whose spell turned the game on its head.

At the post-match media conference, Ishan said: "It obviously helps when I get tips from Dhoni bhai".

WICKET! Piyush Chawla strikes again, removes in-form Suryakumar Yadav for 36! Huge runs, huge wickets and huge difference. Lewis was dropped by Kuldeep Yadav (3/43) running backwards from square leg off Prasidh Krishna (1/41) when he was batting on 16. Rinku Singh and Tom Curren in. Walking in to bat when Mumbai were 62/2 in the ninth over, Kishan powered his way through the KKR bowling unit.

Mumbai Indians produced a brilliant bowling and fielding performance after Ishan Kishan's batting pyrotechnics as they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League here today. The home team would have felt that they were 20 runs short especially after the start they got from their openers. Having won 10 points in 11 matches, the defending champions will take on sixth-placed Rajasthan Royals in what will be another crucial tie Sunday, April 13.

Changes: KKR: Injured Shubman Gill and Mitchell Johnson out. Lynn not fit but batting with freedom Meanwhile, ignored for Australia's upcoming limited-overs tours, Kolkata Knight Riders's Chris Lynn said he may not be 100 percent fit on the field, but he is batting with "freedom" and fulfilling expectations. Despite the obvious deficiencies, they have won 3 out of their last 4 matches and are making a late push for the playoff spots.

Mumbai vs Kolkata is scheduled to be played at Eden Gardens located in the captial city of West Bengal itself.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.