Mumbai squeeze past Kolkata to ignite IPL title defence

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Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians put their Indian Premier League title defence again on monitor on Tuesday by beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs.

Mumbai, who misplaced their opener final week, defended a modest whole of 152 after which saved Kolkata to simply 142 for seven to seal the win in Chennai.

Kolkata appeared to be cruising at 122-3 within the fifteenth over however Nitish Rana’s departure after his 47-ball 57 triggered a Mumbai fightback.

Mumbai Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar claimed 4 wickets whereas New Zealand tempo bowler Trent Boult took two.

“I knew if anybody could change the game here, it would be a spinner,” mentioned man of the match Chahar.

Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya additionally stood out with the important thing wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, for 9, and gave away simply 13 runs from his fours overs.

“Anyone who came to bowl at different stages wanted to put their hands up and do something for the team,” Sharma mentioned after the victory.

“We can take a lot of confidence from this game. There were lots of positives.”

Kolkata’s fall got here after a 72-run opening stand between Rana, who had scored 80 in his staff’s opening win on Sunday, and Shubman Gill, who made 33.

The remainder of the Kolkata batsmen failed to make it into double digits, prompting the staff’s Bollywood actor proprietor Shah Rukh Khan to apologise to his followers.

“Disappointing performance. to say the least @KKRiders apologies to all the fans!” he wrote on Twitter.

Mumbai’s bowling effort overshadowed a five-wicket haul by Kolkata tempo bowler Andre Russell.

Russell made an impression after being introduced on to bowl within the 18th over of the Mumbai innings and struck twice together with the important thing wicket of fellow West Indian Kieron Pollard for 5.

He then bought three wickets in 4 deliveries of the twentieth over to dismiss Mumbai on the ultimate ball.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, led by David Warner, will tackle Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on Wednesday.

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