Kolkata Knight Riders finally got back to winning ways in the ongoing season of IPL with a fighting 34-run win over Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens. Prior to their latest win, the Knight Riders had lost six games on the trot including four back-to-back at home. It was a run feast at the iconic stadiums but the Knight Riders managed to see off a stunning onslaught from Hardik Pandya and register a much-needed win.
Put in to bat first, the Knight Riders scored a mammoth 232 for 2 – the highest total of this year. Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill led the foundation for the big total by adding 96 runs for the first wicket. Lynn was the first to go after he scored 54 from 29 balls. Gill and promoted Andre Russell then went on to cause mayhem with the bat to power the Knight Riders to a record total. While Gill scored 76 off 45 balls, Russell remained unbeaten on 80 from 40 balls.
In reply, Mumbai Indians were looking all out of the contest after losing 5 for just 58 in the ninth over. However, Hardik Pandya scored his career-best 91 from just 34 balls to revive the chase. But the Knight Riders eventually restricted Mumbai to 198 for 7. With the win, Knight Riders moved to fifth spot. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians remained third in the points table with 7 wins.
Updated IPL points table:
Orange Cap List:
Sunrisers Hyderabad opener David Warner continues leading the Orange Cap List, having scored a staggering 611 runs in 11 innings. Andre Russell jumped to the second spot after scoring 80 against Mumbai. Russell has now scored 486 runs in 11 innings this season. Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Gayle complete the top five.
Purple Cap List:
Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada leads the list with 25 wickets from 12 games. Chennai Super Kings’ Imran Tahir is at the second spot with 17 scalps to his name. Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Gopal and Deepak Chahar complete the top five.