Mumbai, May 5: Their play-off chances hanging in balance, Kolkata Knight Riders will keep no stone unturned as they take on Mumbai Indians with a prayer on their lips in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) game on Sunday (May 5).
KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab to keep their play-off hopes alive till the last league game. Meanwhile, MI would like to carry on the winning momentum as 18 points and a better net run-rate than both first placed Chennai Super Kings and third placed Delhi Capitals will give them two shots at qualifying for the final.
With Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill coming good and the marauding Andre Russell to follow at No 4, skipper Dinesh Karthik would fancy his chances at the batting-friendly Wankhede.
Gill's confidence would have boosted after his back-to-back half-centuries against Mumbai Indians (at home) and Kings Xi Punjab. His unbeaten 65 off 49 balls steered KKR to a seven-wicket victory against KXIP in Mohali on Friday.
If the likes of seasoned Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and leggie Rahul Chahar have to be taken to task, then KKR batsman will have to put up a special show. Russell, who has been consistently delivering for his team, will have to showcase his prowess and mettle once again.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified for the play-offs will eye revenge after KKR after they had suffered a 34-run defeat in Kolkata in a high-scoring thriller despite Hardik Pandya's breath-taking 91 off 34 balls. Also the result of the match which finalise on which position Mumbai finish and who will be their opponent in the play-offs.
Here’s MyKhel’s Live Updates of the Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders match:
End of the road for the Knights
Cakewalk for Mumbai, party time for Hyderabad, lights out early in Kolkata— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 5, 2019
SIX!! Suryakumar Yadav hits Russell for a maximum as Mumbai Indians win by 9 wickets to end KKR's season. SRH meanwhile seal the last playoff spot
Just 6 to win from 24
FOUR! Skipper Rohit Sharma wrapping up the win here. Just 8 more needed.
Just 12 needed of 28. The Hyderabad fans will celebrate Mumbai wins more than anyone today as MI's victory will seal their playoff berth
Another boundary! Mumbai looking to wrap up the win.
50 comes up for Rohit Sharma off 44.
FOUR! Good shot from Suryakumar Yadav as Mumbai look to wrap up the win. 20 needed from 34
SIX! Yadav hits Narine for a Maximum as he heaves it into the leg side and sends it into the stands.
Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma bring up their 50-run partnership of 43 deliveries.
MI need 43 off 48 to win
FOUR! Rohit pushes it past midwicket! Runs flowing comfortable here in Wankhede for the hosts as KKR's chances for qualification are slowly slipping away.
Russell back into the attack
FOUR! Suryakumar Yadav finds the gap. Russell runs after it but it easily runs away for a boundary.
FOUR! Rohit flicks it away for a boundary of Narine
Rohit Sharma brings up Mumbai's fifty with a four
WICKET!! A stunning catch from Dinesh Karthik ends Quinton de Kock's breezy innings and give KKR the much-needed break.
Just one run coming off Sunil Narine's over.
Sunil Narie into the attack. Four dot balls on the trot.
FOUR! de Kock spanks it over mid on. Looks like Mumbai is in a hurry to wrap this up.
BACK-TO-BACK SIXES for Quinton de Kock as he takes Russell to the cleaners. 17 runs from four deliveries off Russell.
Andre Russell into the attack and the first ball runs away for a boundary.
Rohit gets off the mark with a pull shot
Gurney gives away just four in the over
Gurney into the attack. Rohit yet to get off the mark
Six! De Kock gets off the mark with the MAXIMUM
Sandeep Warrier in with the new ball. Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma open Mumbai's chase
Mumbai Indian have done well to restrict the Knight Riders to 133 for 7
Beautiful final over from Bumrah picks up two wickets!! Robin Uthappa goes for just 40 as skipper Rohit Sharma ends Uthappa's painfully slow innings. Rinku Singh the second wicket off the over.
Last over. The Knights need sixes now as they struggle at 130 for 5
WICKET! Malinga gets wicket no. 3 as Kieron Pollard takes a neat catch to end Rana's quickfire knock. KKR in hot water here.
Robbie smashes a six to end Bumrah's third over. KKR need to finish big if they are to win this match tonight.
Another good over from Malinga as only singles come off the over.
Hardik Pandya gives away 16 in his third over
SIX more! KKR picking up now!
SIX! Pandya hit for a six off the first delivery as Rana beautifully places it for a MAXIMUM.
SIX!! Follows the boundary with a MAXIMUM! Robbie keeping the Knights afloat here tonight.
FOUR! Much needed boundary for the Knights
BIG BIG WICKET FOR MI! Russell goes for a duck! The Knight Riders losing the plot in their al important game here in Mumbai. Two wickets for Malinga in this over as de Kock takes a safe catch to add to KKR's misery.
WICKET! Karthik goes cheaply as Malinga gets his wicket. Krunal Pandya takes a beautiful catch the send the skipper back
SIXXX! A much needed boundary for the visitors as Robbie lifts it over long on for an important boundary
Krunal Pandya's final over goes for just four as KKR struggle to pick up the pace
Midway through their innings and the Knights are struggling at 61/2. Thought they have wickets in hand, boundaries have been hard to come by for the visitors tonight.
KP has kept a stranglehold on the visitors.
1st over - 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 5, 2019
2nd over - 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0
3rd over - 0, 1, WD, 0, 0, 1, 1
Applying brakes on the scoring rate and how!#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKKR @krunalpandya24 pic.twitter.com/FToqxl5bRx
Next man in is skipper Dinesh Karthik
WICKET! Hardik Pandya strikes again! Pandya picks up wicket no. 2 as Quinton de Kock takes a safe catch to end Chris Lynn's innings. Lynn goes for 41 off 29
Great over from Pandya as he gives away just two runs and picks up a wicket
WICKET! Hardik Pandya into the attack! And he gives MI the breakthrough on the very first ball. Shubman Gill goes for 9 off 16
Powerplay complete as KKR steady at 49 for no loss
MAXIMUM! Lynn is settling down quickly here at Wankhede! Lynn hits Chahar for a six as he sends it straight over the bowlers head.
Chahar into the attack.
Three dot balls following the free hit
Bumrah gives away just a single off the free hit
MAXIMUM! Lynn clear the long leg boundary for six more off Malinga!
FOUR! Lynn finding his groove here at the Wankhede as he sends it between point and cover for a boundary.
Malinga into the attack for the hosts
MAXIMUM! Lynn connects it as he gets the first boundary of the match for the Knights. Lynn slogs it to get it over midwicket boundary.
Meanwhile here's RCB skipper Kohli's message:
Thank you guys for all the love & support - the entire team including the fans, the ground staff & the support staff! Promise to come back stronger next year. ನೀವು ಇಲ್ಲಾಂದ್ರೆ ನಾವು ಏನು ಅಲ್ಲಾ 🙏🏼 @RCBTweets #RCB #RCBBoldArmy #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Elyhdd9daG— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 5, 2019
Excellent bowling from Krunal Pandya as he gives away just 2 runs in the second over.
McClenaghan bowls well to give away just three runs in the opening over.
McClenaghan in with the new ball. Gill gets off the mark with a single
And we are set to get underway here. MI in a huddle. The umpires walk in. Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn to open. Here goes the last league match of this season. Game on.
Net run-rate doesn't matter anymore. The Knights just need a win.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier Changes: Prasidh in for Piyush
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan Changes: Mitch for Lewis, and Ishan for Barinder
Dinesh Karthik: Everybody is as calm as they can get!
Rohit Sharma: The last few games our decisions have been totally dependent on who we're playing. Been talking all the way about focusing on the present, not worrying about the table.
The toss is ten minutes away
All in all, everyone’s eyes will be on this final match of the league stage which promises to be a cracker of a contest.
Meanwhile, Mumbai would look to continue their winning run and will hope to get a better run-rate to get two shots at the final. MI’s opponents for the playoffs will also be decided following the outcome of this match.
A win for the visitors will secure Kolkata Knight Riders playoff berth. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fate also lies on the outcome of this match. A win for KKR would be the end of the road for SRH and the Dinesh Karthik-led team will secure the last playoff berth.
There is a lot riding on this match as the Kolkata Knight Riders are set to take on hosts Mumbai Indians in the second match of the last weekend double-header of the season.
The final match of the league stage of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League is set to start in an an hour at the Wankhede Stadium.