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IPL 2018: Desperate defending champions Mumbai manage to lose another one

16 Avril 2018

Kolkata: In a fresh injury blow to Kolkata Knight Riders, young pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti was on Saturday ruled out of the remainder of IPL season due to a foot injury.

Then Williamson and Shakib stitched together a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught in two minds whether to defend and hit, losing his leg stump in the process to Piyush Chawla (1/20).

With a high score when Mumbai Indians came to field they were already the favourites for the day until JJ Roy, one of the openers of DD, started firing right from the word go. He took on the likes of Kaul and Bhuvneshwar to get KKR off to a strong start as they raced away to 49 in the powerplay. Poor economy, no discipline in bowling, some sloppy fielding and sub-par captaincy made Delhi win the match easily. My job is simple, to bowl quick and be aggressive.

After much success opening the innings, KKR made a decision to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs. Leggie Mayank Markanade was taken to task by Roy and one down Rishabh Pant (47 off 25 balls), who also played his role to perfection. When asked about the reason to alter his batting line-up and not opting to open with Narine, he said, "We want our batting order to have some novelty".

"It is little disappointing, not getting even one out of three".

KKR: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (captain), Robin Uthappa (vice-captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran. Roy was efficient in using his feet to meet the pitch of the ball, as well as using the depth of the crease while shifting back. This is a good opportunity for me to take the momentum from here. "It's a great comeback and all of us contributed", he added.

Speaking about the tense finish Iyer said "As a batsman, you would love to close down the chase at the earliest, but they bowled some really good slower balls and the last over, it was tougher for Jason to pick up". The Englishman hit Hardik for two fours and two towering sixes as the Indian all-rounder went for 21 runs in his second over.

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their superb run in IPL 2018 by posting their third straight victory, this time over Kolkata Knight Riders to stay on the top of the points table.

IPL 2018: Desperate defending champions Mumbai manage to lose another one