IPL 2017 – 7th Match: Mumbai Indians (MI) v Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), April 9 | Scorecard and Report | Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Match report

IPL is where talent meets opportunity and the talented duo of Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya made Sunday night one to remember with their crucial knocks that helped Mumbai Indians (MI) register their first victory of IPL 2017… in just their second match.

When Kieron Pollard was dismissed in the 17th over, after the final strategic time-out, the hosts needed 60 runs off 23 balls, an equation hugely in favour of the visitors. Rana, though, had been batting and timing the ball well, and in Hardik Pandya, he partnered with someone who has been there and won Mumbai a similar kind of a contest in IPL 2015, against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But, again, Mumbai had a mountain to climb here while KKR had to contend with the dew: the bowlers found gripping the ball to be difficult, which is only natural, the fielders had a hard time staying on their feet and the outfielders also had difficulty in getting hold of a really wet ball.

And boy didn’t Mumbai overcome the odds to win in dramatic fashion! Hardik once again owned a match situation as this and harnessed the opportunity, and won the hosts a contest that seemed out of their reach. Yes, Mumbai and Hardik rode their luck a little at the end, with Suryakumar Yadav fumbling the ball at long off and conceding three extra runs and then at square leg, Rishi Dhawan grassing a skier in the final over, from which 12 runs were needed.

But Hardik, in harness with Rana, set panic among the KKR fielders and bowlers with their finesse, power and ability to handle a pressure situation. Rana gave Mumbai the final push in the 18th over, which was bowled by Trent Boult, and scored 19 runs off it: the southpaw hit a four and a six of the third and fourth ball before Hardik capped off the over with a six. This then brought the equation down to 30 runs required off 12. Mind you, Manish Pandey had scored 23 runs off the final over of the KKR innings, so by no means was 15 runs per over insurmountable.

The onslaught continued in the penultimate over and off Ankit Singh Rajpoot. Rana started the over off with a six over the wicketkeeper and then followed it up with an inside-out over cover, bisecting the two deep fielders (sweeper cover and long off) on the off side. By now, KKR were well under the pump and they didn’t have their skipper directing them on the field; he was sat in the dugout, watching the carnage unfold.

This match had another twist, as we entered the final 10 balls. Rana, with Mumbai requiring 19 runs off 10 balls, was dismissed by Rajpoot: Rana was caught at point (Sunil Narine) in trying to pierce the infield on the off side. In came Harbhajan Singh with Mumbai just ahead of KKR. The younger Pandya got back on strike for the final two balls of Rajpoot’s over and accrued seven runs off them, a six and single. He was on strike to Boult at the start of the final over of the match.

The outfield was absolutely greasy and we can even describe it as treacherous. Boult was expected to redeem himself after the expensive 18th over and in actuality, he bowled the final over a lot better and was unlucky to not win the match for his team. Hardik, though, overcame the pressure by being audacious and reacting to the situation.

The first ball went for two leg byes, and then the second ball epitomised the tension. Hardik’s forceful on drive went to Suryakumar Yadav, who was fielding at long on, and the Mumbaikar let the skidding ball slip through his hands and into the boundary hoardings for a vital four. With five runs required off four balls, you would have thought that Mumbai should wallop this. Boult responded well, though, by bowling a bouncer and getting Hardik to duck.

The next Boult delivery was similar: short of length and rising, and Hardik chanced his arm and went after it. He top-edged the delivery and Rishi Dhawan rushed in from square leg. Just as R Dhawan had set himself up for taking the catch, he slipped and got into a clumsy position. He dropped the catch and two runs had been taken. Now, three runs were required off two balls and Boult, in trying to bowl a yorker, drifted the fifth ball of the over onto Hardik’s pads. Hardik confidently clipped it to fine leg, and clinched Mumbai a dramatic four-wicket win.

Mumbai would probably have not had to work this hard if Mitchell McClenaghan didn’t concede 23 runs off his and KKR innings’ final over. But then, this is the IPL and you’ve come to expect contests like these.

Manish Pandey, earlier in the evening, played a great knock of 81 (47). The Karnataka batsman held the Kolkata innings together and provided the final flourish. The most conspicuous feature of Pandey’s knock was his running out of recognised batting partners and still delivering the lusty blows to propel KKR’s total. Suryakumar was dismissed off the first ball of the 17th over (16.1) and KKR scored 47 runs off the final 17 balls, with Pandey alone contributing 33 runs.

Krunal Pandya starred with the ball for MI, taking 3/24 in his four overs. Bar McClenaghan, every one of Mumbai’s bowlers had bowled well and their fielding was a whole lot better too.

Match facts

IPL 2017, 7th match: Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Date and time: April 9, 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mumbai vs Kolkata, 7th Match Scorecard

Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to field first.

Playing XIs

MI: 1. Rohit Sharma (C), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Krunal Pandya, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Harbhajan Singh, 8. Mitchell McClenaghan, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Nitish Rana, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

KKR: 1. Gautam Gambhir*, 2. Robin Uthappa, 3. Chris Lynn, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Suryakumar Yadav, 7. Ankit Singh Rajpoot, 8. Trent Boult, 9. Chris Woakes, 10. Kuldeep Yadav, and 11. Sunil Narine


KKR: 178/7 (Pandey 81* and Lynn 32; K Pandya 3/24)
MI: 180/6 (Rana 50 and H Pandya 29*; Rajpoot 3/37)

Result: Mumbai Indians (MI) registered their first win of IPL 2017, beating KKR by four wickets in match 7, at the Wankhede Stadium. Nitish Rana was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 50 (29).

Kolkata Knight Riders’s (KKR) Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
Gautam Gambhir

caught McClenaghan, bowled K Pandya

19 (13) 3 0 146.15
Chris Lynn

leg before wicket Bumrah

32 (24) 3 1 133.33
Robin Uthappa

caught H Pandya, bowled K Pandya

4 (3) 1 0 133.33
Manish Pandey

not out

81 (47) 5 5 172.34
Yusuf Pathan

caught H Pandya, bowled K Pandya

6 (11) 0 0 54.54
Suryakumar Yadav

caught Pollard, bowled Malinga

17 (15) 2 0 113.33
Chris Woakes

caught Pollard, bowled Malinga

9 (8) 0 0 112.50
Sunil Narine

leg before wicket McClenaghan

1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Extras 9 (3 no-balls, 5 wides and 1 leg bye)
Batsmen who didn’t bat Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Singh Rajpoot and Trent Boult
KKR’s total 178/7 in 20 overs, at 8.90 runs per over
KKR’s fall of wickets 44/1 (Gambhir, 4.2), 48/2 (Uthappa, 4.5), 67/3 (Lynn, 7.3), 87/4 (Y Pathan, 11.4), 131/5 (S Yadav, 16.1), 144/6 (Woakes, 18.1), and 178/7 (Narine, 19.6)
Mumbai Indians (MI) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate  
Lasith Malinga 4 5 36 2 9.00
Mitchell McClenaghan 4 9 51 1 12.75
Jasprit Bumrah 4 7 39 1 9.75
Krunal Pandya 4 8 24 3 6.00
Harbhajan Singh 4 7 27 0 6.75
MI’s Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
Parthiv Patel

leg before wicket Kuldeep

30 (27) 3 1 111.11
Jos Buttler

leg before wicket Rajpoot

28 (22) 1 2 127.27
Nitish Rana

caught Narine, bowled Rajpoot

50 (29) 5 3 172.41
Rohit Sharma

leg before wicket Narine

2 (6) 0 0 33.33
Krunal Pandya

caught Uthappa, bowled Rajpoot

11 (6) 2 0 183.33
Kieron Pollard

caught Rishi Dhawan (sub), bowled Woakes

17 (17) 1 1 100.00
Hardik Pandya

not out

29 (11) 3 2 263.63
Harbhajan Singh

not out

1 (1) 0 0 100.00
Extras 12 (7 wides and 5 leg byes)
Batsmen who didn’t bat Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah
MI’s total 180/6 in 19.5 overs, at 9.07 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets 65/1 (Patel, 7.3), 71/2 (Buttler, 8.3), 74/3 (Rohit, 9.5), 97/4 (K Pandya, 12.1), 119/5 (Pollard, 16.1), 160/6 (Rana, 18.3),
KKR Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate  
Trent Boult 3.5 8 47 0 12.26
Chris Woakes 4 9 34 1 8.50
Sunil Narine 4 12 22 1 5.50
Kuldeep Yadav 4 9 35 1 8.75
Ankit Singh Rajpoot 4 13 37 3 9.25


  1. Not a convincing win for MIs but we will take the 2 points. For a tournament like IPL where things can turn around in a blink of an eye, nothing comes easily even luck. So though there were catches been put down, wet outfield been tough on the fielders at the end of the day you got to do what you got to do. Hoping that we will bring back our best out of the team as the tournament progress. Good job as usual from your end.

    1. Good assessment on your part, Charles. Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya reminded everyone why backing the youngsters and sticking with them in the side are important.

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