IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: 5 talking points

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Kolkata won the toss and chose to bowl first against Mumbai Indian.

MI openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav started well with the bat before the former got out in the last over of the powerplay for 18. He later returned with the ball to claim figures of 2/12 in 3.2 overs.

In the bowling department, Sunil Narine was the most economical bowler, with a rate of 6.75 and 27 runs conceded. But Kolkata didn't help their cause one bit by losing two key wickets to run-outs.

Hardik (19; 13b; 2x6) and Rohit departed in quick succession with the latter giving Prasidh Krishna his first T20 wicket.

Ishan, who has been waiting to make an impression for the last five matches, pounced on the KKR bowlers like a hungry tiger.

Ishan Kishan's four and Sixes got up MI and MI was 97/2 after 12 overs. MI was cruising and Ishan after facing a dot delivered yet another six. Cutting showed some great anticipation as he covered a lot of ground coming in from the boundary line before sliding in at just the right moment to take the catch.

Hardik Pandya who bowled brilliantly on the night is our pick for "Bowler of the Match".

In the fourth over, Robin Uthappa cut Krunal Pandya to cover and started for a single. Mumbai Indians posted a total of 210/6 in their allowed quota of 20 overs. Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana made 21 runs each which was clearly not enough chasing over 200 runs.

Rana tried his best to rescue his team but he was dismissed after scoring just 21 runs nearly at a run-a-ball.

MI handed a 102-run thrashing to KKR on Wednesday.

In the fourth ball of the over, Kishan stayed back for a ball that was flighted by Kuldeep used his bat speed and wrists to play the helicopter shot.

Karthik added that the wicket was good for batting and 190 was a par score. They lost the match by 102 runs which affected their run-rate.

That was a huge match for MI.

Delhi Daredevils who is at the bottom of the table must be looking forward to getting back to winning ways as a loss today and the team will have to think about the strategies for IPL 2019.