IPL 2018 | Ishan Kishan's fearless knock was the turning point: Rohit Sharma

But what took the game away from Kolkata was an absolute blinder played by Ishan Kishan.

A partnership was building up where Kishan held the larger chunk of runs. In contrast, KKR's short balls went for 10 per over and earned them no wickets. But it was all downhill from there.

There is something about May and Mumbai Indians because come the second half of the Indian Premier League, they wake up and smash opponents on their way to the playoffs. Kishan brought up his 50 off just 17 deliveries.

In all, he hit five fours and six sixes to set the stage for an explosive finish. The third ball was slog-swept over square leg, the fourth one was hit over midwicket, the fifth one tonked over long-on and the final delivery of the over was whipped between long-on and midwicket. He had done the job for the visitors on the evening.

It's interesting to note how similar and dissimilar the two teams were after 10 overs. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah could be the spearheads tonight for MI. KKR pulled MI back claiming two back-to-back wickets, that of Sharma and Pandya.

If Mumbai continue to build on their recent momentum, especially with the bat, they may yet complete a coup of sorts to reach the play-offs and even win a fourth IPL title. This time, Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Tom Curran was at the receiving end. He's a legend player and he keeps telling me you can take time. We have put up a big total and we required that. The Eden Gardens is a happy hunting ground for captain Rohit Sharma, who has achieved many milestones on this ground.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, that played with a whirlwind 21-ball 62 in MI's win, imputed the staff's capital for his success, saying it's helped him bat publicly. Narine had launched Mitchell McClenaghan over mid-off off the first ball he faced to begin the innings with a four. We are not looking at our past record. Sunil Narine's cameos at the top has also been helpful for KKR and they have won games quite easily whenever he has given them the impetus in the power play overs. No cohesion and frayed nerves worked against them as they lost wicket after wicket. Narine, Russell, Rana and Rinku Singh were all troubled and dismissed either fending or slogging at such deliveries. Mumbai Indians remain unchanged.

  • Carolyn Briggs