IPL 2018: 3 memorable clashes between MI and KKR at the Wankhede
Mumbai Indians will clash against Kolkata Knight Riders today at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This is an important game for both the teams, particularly Mumbai, as they need to win to stay in contention for the playoffs spot. As for the points table is concerned, Mumbai Indians are in 5th place, while Kolkata Knight Riders are in the 3rd spot.
Both the teams are in good shape as they have won their previous encounters and would want to continue the momentum going ahead. When it comes to Head to Head department, both the teams have clashed against each other 21 times out of which Mumbai Indians have won 16 games to KKR’s 5. At the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians have a dominant record of winning 7 games and losing only 1 game.
Let us look at 3 memorable games between both the sides at Wankhede Stadium in IPL History.
#3 Pollock’s 3-fer sets up a convincing win for Mumbai – 2008
This was during the Inaugural edition of Indian Premier League played at the Wankhede Stadium. Skipper Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to field first. His decision paid off as Shaun Pollock ripped apart the top order of Kolkata Knight Riders. He picked up the wickets of Salman Butt (13), David Hussey (2) and Mohammad Hafeez (5) inside 7 overs and Kolkata Knight Riders were reeling at 4-28 inside 7 overs.
Sourav Ganguly was left stranded as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Ajit Agarkar and Ganguly added 20 runs for the 7th wicket which was the highest partnership of the innings. Dwayne Bravo and rookie Rohan Raje shared 2 wickets apiece whilst cleaning up the tail. In the end, Kolkata Knight Riders were steamrolled for a paltry score of 67 inside 16 overs. Shaun Pollock was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Sourav Ganguly and Ajit Agarkar were the join highest run scorers with 15 runs each.
Chasing 68 to win, Mumbai Indians lost Sachin Tendulkar in the second over as the little master edged one into the hands of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha of the bowling of Shoaib Akhtar for a duck. However, Sanath Jayasuriya went along his merry way smashing the KKR bowlers all over the park. He smashed a quick fire 48 off just 17 balls that ensured Mumbai Indians chased the target within the 6 over powerplay.
Mumbai Indians won the game by 8 wickets and for his excellent spell of bowling Shaun Pollock was awarded Man of the Match. His bowling figures read 4-0-12-3.