2017 IPL 7th Match Highlights: Mumbai Indians VS. Kolkata Knight Riders
Every year IPL brings a whole new level of ecstasy, elation, and obsession, and this year is no exception! As IPL 10 is in its full cadence, cricket fans are going gaga. Thanks to its highly whimsical matches which are always there to startle us. The 7th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League was indeed enthralling. The match was played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians on the home ground of Mumbai Indians, i.e. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 9th April at 20:00 as per IST. It was a head to head match keeping the spectators interested till the end. But one team had to win, and this time Mumbai Indians got lucky. Indians defeated Knight Riders by 4 wickets recording its first victory in the league. Who were the stars of the match? How did Mumbai Indians manage to win? Where did Knight Riders fail? We will find it all right here!
A Neck and Neck Fixture
There is no denial in the fact that this particular match was indeed a head to head competition. Both the teams tried to give each other a tough time. Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field. Kolkata Knight Riders were the ones to bat first and made 178 runs at a loss of 7 wickets. Manish Pandey emerged as the star for the Kolkata Knight Riders scoring 81 runs not out on 47 balls. Chris Lynn scored the second highest runs from KKR, i.e. 32 runs on 24 balls. Bowlers of Mumbai Indians did well, Krunal Pandya taking 3 and Lasith Malinga taking 2 wickets. When Mumbai Indians came to bat, it seemed as they would fail to win but thereafter gripped the pace. Nitish Rana became the highest scorer accumulating 50 runs on 29 balls. Ankit Rajpoot of KKR took 3 wickets in the match. Mumbai Indians eventually won the match by 4 wickets scoring 180 runs in 19.5 overs.
Mumbai Indians Turned the Tables
As to what appeared in the beginning, Mumbai Indians turned the tables in the end. Every player contributed in the victory. Nitish Rana, the highest scorer of MI became the man of the match. Batsmen like Parthiv Patel, and Jos Butler scored average. Hardik Pandya helped in the end by scoring 29 runs on 11 balls at a strike rate of 263.34. That is how Mumbai Indians stole the show and won the match.