Continuing their domination over Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians thrashed the two-time champions by a huge margin of 102 runs at the Eden Gardens. This was Mumbai’s eighth consecutive win over Kolkata in the IPL.

Knight Riders faced an upheaval task with the bat, needing to chase down a huge 210. And it looked all but over at the halfway stage when they were 72 for 6 in ten overs.

Sunil Narine was promoted in the batting order once again but failed to fire, departing after scoring just 4. Kolkata’s hopes of getting a good platform then took another blow when Chris Lynn was run out for 21. Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell also failed to get going as Kolkata were reduced to 54 for 4. Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana then departed off successive balls to leave their side reeling at 67 for 6. Wickets kept on falling at regular intervals. The lower-order tried to delay the inevitable for a while before the hosts were bundled up for a paltry 108.

Earlier in the innings, Ishan Kishan’s whirlwind half-century propelled Mumbai Indians to a massive 210 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. The southpaw scored  to guide the defending champions to the huge total.

Asked to bat first, the visitors were off to a decent start with Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis adding 46 runs for the first wicket. The Knight Riders sent back both the openers in quick succession but Ishan and Rohit Sharma did not let the hosts capitalise on it. The duo added 82 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for a huge total. The wicketkeeper-batsman reached his fifty off just 17 balls. Ishan took a liking for Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling, hitting him for four successive sixes.

Towards the end, Ben Cutting played the perfect cameo to help Mumbai finish off strongly. The Australian scored a 9-ball 24 to give the finishing touch.

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