TEENAGER Ishan Kishan smashed a 17-ball half-century and led defending champion Mumbai Indians to No. 4 spot in the Indian Premier League with a resounding 102-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders
Former Australia all-rounder Ben Cutting played his part but 19-year-old left-hander Kishan was the star of the show, blazed 62 off 21 balls with five fours and six sixes which propelled Mumbai to 6-210.
Cutting (24 off 9) provided a perfect finish to the Mumbai innings when Piyush Chawla (3-48) conceded 22 runs in the last over with the Queenslander hitting a four and two sixes, and Krunal Pandya lofting the leg-spinner for a six off the last ball.
Kolkata lost its way early on in pursuit of its biggest run-chase in the IPL before it was bowled out for only 108 in 18.1 overs.
Mumbai pushed Kolkata to No. 5 on superior net run-rate with both teams on 10 points with five victories from 11 games.
“As a team we tend to pick up in the month of May,” Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said. “Without doubt Ishan Kishan’s fearless knock was the turning point … he just came in and changed momentum.”
Kolkata openers Chris Lynn (21) and Sunil Narine (4) were dismissed inside the batting powerplay. Narine top edged in the first over and Lynn was run out in a mixup with Robin Uthappa.
Uthappa (14) holed out at deep mid-wicket in leg-spinner Mayank Markande’s first over and, when Andre Russell was caught at cover, Kolkata had lost all its hard- hitters and reeled at 54-4 in eight overs.
Poor running between the wickets cost captain Dinesh Karthik, who was run out in another mixup with Nitish Rana.
The Pandya brothers — seamer Hardik (2-12) and left-arm spinner Krunal (2-16) — picked up two wickets each as Kolkata lost both its games against Mumbai. “It was a good batting wicket, but we lost wickets in the powerplay and it’s always tough to catch up,” Karthik said.
“We need to raise our skill levels and belief a bit, as a leader I need to stand up and say I believe in the boys.” Earlier, after being sent into bat, Kolkata had no answer to Kishan’s sensational hitting as he used his feet well against both spinners and seamers. Kishan smashed medium fast Prasidh Krishna (1-41) for three boundaries in an over before smacking four successive sixes off left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (0-43).