Mumbai Indians

KKR vs MI: Andre Russell power trumps Hardik Pandya show


Archiman Bhaduri Faced with the monumental task of chasing down KKR's tally of 232/2, MI lost their openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma early, but Hardik Pandya raised hopes of pulling off an upset victory by hitting sixes almost at will.


On Sunday, the strongly-built all-rounder took matters in his own hands and came good in all departments of the game to help the hosts beat MI by 34 runs thereby keeping their thin hopes of making the playoffs alive.


Faced with the monumental task of chasing down KKR's tally of 232/2 - the highest score in IPL-12, the visitors lost their openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma early, but Hardik Pandya raised hopes of pulling off an upset victory by hitting sixes almost at will.


Gill began by hitting his Punjab statemate, left-arm pacer Barinder Sran, who came in place of spinner Anukul Roy, for two fours and one six in the very first over.


Lynn, who was dropped by Kieron Pollard off Lasith Malinga on 18, made MI pay by launching into leg-spinner Rahul Chahar whom he hit for a four and six in his first over.


Even the wily Jasprit Bumrah went for 15 runs in the penultimate over of the innings as Russell hit him for a four and a six before treating Malinga with equal disdain.






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