In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata last night to strengthen their chances of making it to the playoffs.
Put in to bat, Kolkata posted a mammoth 232 for 2, riding on quick-fire half-centuries by West Indian Andre Russell, and openers Shubman Gill and Aussie Chris Lynn. Russell top scored with an unbeaten 80 off just 40 balls comprising six fours and eight sixes. Gill made a 45-ball 76, while Lynn scored 54.
In reply, Hardik Pandya’s 91 off just 34 balls, featuring six fours and nine sixes, went in vain as Mumbai managed to make just 198 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Russell, who bagged two wickets along with scoring 80 not out, was named man of the match.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Capitals became the second team to qualify for the playoffs after they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs at Delhi. Delhi has joined Chennai Super Kings in the playoffs. Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kings Eleven Punjab at Hyderabad at 8 PM.