The Mumbai Indians sealed the top position in the VIVO IPL 2019 standings after they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in the final league stage match of the season. The defeat dashed the Knight Riders' hopes of making the playoffs; Sunrisers Hyderabad instead held on to the fourth position and made the playoff cut.
After restricting the Knight Riders to 133-7, the Mumbai Indians chased down the runs in 16.1 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav were the top-scorers in MI's chase; Rohit finished unbeaten on 55, while Yadav, who struck the winning hit, would be 46 not out.
In the evening, after Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field at the Wankhede Stadium, the Mumbai Indians bowlers strangled the visitors' batsmen and restricted them to 133-7. Opener Chris Lynn's 41 (made from 29 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes) and Nitish Rana's 26 (13 balls, 2 sixes) were the two impressive batting performances in the KKR innings. Robbie Uthappa made a laboured 40 from 47 balls.
The Knight Riders were 49-0 at the end of the first six overs, but lost momentum completely once the opening pair were separated. They added 84 runs at a run-a-ball in the remaining 14 overs.
Though he finished wicketless, Krunal Pandya was the Mumbai Indians' best bowler. The wickets were shared between Lasith Malinga (3-35), Jasprit Bumrah (2-31) and Hardik Pandya (2-20).
Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma laid the platform for MI's chase with a 46-run opening stand. After de Kock was dismissed just after the powerplay, Rohit and Yadav stitched together an unbeaten 88-run partnership to complete the job.
Standout Batting Performance
When Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav came together, MI were faced with a required run rate of just over a run-a-ball. Knowing the task in front wasn't too demanding, Rohit accumulated 55 from 48 balls; the MI captain struck eight boundaries in his knock. Yadav, who walked in at the fall of the first wicket, was the aggressor in MI's second-wicket partnership; he struck five boundaries and two sixes in his 27-ball 46. Both batsmen began cautiously but accelerated as they spent time at the crease; Rohit was 14 from 15 balls at the conclusion of the powerplay, but added 41 from the next 35 balls. At one point, Yadav was 19 from 17 balls, before he stepped on the accelerator and scored 27 from the next 10 balls. Yadav ended the match in style when he deposited Andre Russell into the stands at fine-leg.
Chris Lynn's 41 was the standout batting performance in the KKR innings. The Australian began cautiously scoring 3 from the first seven balls he faced before accelerating and scoring 38 from the next 21 balls; he scored freely against both pace and spin - collecting sixes off Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Rahul Chahar. He was dismissed in the ninth over when he top-edged a Hardik Pandya slower delivery and was caught by the wicketkeeper. Lynn hit two fours and four sixes in his 29-ball stay at the crease.
Standout Bowling Performance
Krunal Pandya, despite finishing wicket less, was MI's best bowler - purely for the way he strangled the KKR batsmen. The left-arm spinner was called on to share the new ball, and he bowled a tidy over first up conceding only two runs. He bowled his remaining three overs in one spell - between overs eight and twelve - and ended his day with figures of 4-0-14-0. He bowled 11 dot deliveries in his four overs and would be the only bowler in the entire match to not concede a single boundary.
Notable Support Performances - Bowling
Almost all the bowlers Rohit Sharma employed contributed to a clinical performance in the field. Hardik Pandya accounted for both the KKR openers, while Lasith Malinga cleaned up the middle-order, including dismissing the dangerous Andre Russell with a vicious first-ball bouncer. Jasprit Bumrah, despite conceding 28 runs in his first three overs, returned to bowl an excellent 20th over; he conceded only 3 runs and picked up two wickets. Mitchell McClenaghan, on his return to the MI XI, bowled 13 deliveries in his four overs, conceding only 19 runs.
Mumbai Indians: 134-1 in 16.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 55*, Suryakumar Yadav 46*)
defeated Kolkata Knight Riders: 133-7 (Chris Lynn 41, Robbie Uthappa 40, Lasith Malinga 3-35) by 9 wickets.
Man of the Match
Hardik Pandya, for his spell of 3-0-20-2.