Kolkata Knight Riders fought hard, but lost to Mumbai Indians by 13 runs in the 37th match of the Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 6).
MI posted 181 for 4 while KKR could only reach 168 for 6 in their quota of 20 overs.
Sent in to bat, Mumbai got off to a terrific start, riding on an opening stand of 91 runs between Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav. Both the batsmen were aggressive in their approach, hitting plenty of boundaries and sixes during the power-play overs to spoil the disciplined start from Nitish Rana, who gave away only one run in the first over.
Lewis scored 43 off 28 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes along the way, before looping a catch to Chris Lynn at short third man off the bowling of Andre Russell.
Russell returned to end Suryakumar's innings in the 15th over, with the batsman departing for 59 off 39 balls (7x4, 2x6). Sandwiched between the wickets of Suryakumar and Lewis was the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, who only managed 11 at run a ball.
KKR's bowlers capitalised on the pressure created by the fall of wickets to put a brake on the scoring rate in the latter half of MI's innings, with Narine also accounting for the wicket of Krunal Pandya (14 off 11) in the 17th over.
Krunal's brother Hardik played a cameo, racking up 35 runs off 20 balls to remain unbeaten till the end, but MI would have rued the fact that they lost steam after the strong start they had.
In response, KKR came out to bat with a different ploy. Shubman Gill replaced Sunil Narine as Lynn's opening partner, and though the duo overcame a slow start to get to 28 without loss in 2.4 overs, MI pulled things back with two quick wickets.
KKR went from 28 without loss to 28 for 2, with Mitchell McClenaghan removing Lynn and Hardik Pandya picking up the wicket of Gill.
Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana, however, steadied the innings with a solid third-wicket partnership of 84 runs. Rana scored 31 off 27 balls, with three boundaries and a six against his name.
Uthappa got to his half century, and finished with 54 off 35 balls, while Hardik bagged his second wicket by removing Rana in the 14th over.
The onus was on Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell to carry the chase forward, but some tight bowling from Mayank Markande and Jasprit Bumrah didn't allow Russell to explode, sending him back to the hut for 9 runs off 10 balls.
By the 18th over, the equation read 37 runs off 12 balls. Jasprit Bumrah started off with a dot ball, cramping Karthik for space, but KKR's skipper sent the next ball soaring over the midwicket fence.
Bumrah made a comeback with two more dot balls, before Karthik dispatched the fifth and the sixth ball to the the boundary to make it 23 needed off the last over. Sunil Narine hit the first ball for a boundary, but mistimed one off the next ball to depart caught by Rohit Sharma off Krunal Pandya.
KKR will now return home to play MI at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.