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IPL 2016 Match 5: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians LIVE

Updated: 13 April 2016 23:55 IST - Published: 13 April 2016 16:38 IST
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So, that pretty much sums up this IPL match between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders and the action now moves to the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, where the two new franchises, the Gujarat Lions and the Rising Pune Supergiants square off, after having already won their respective opening games. The game begins at 20:00 hrs (IST) and Sportskeeda's coverage for that game would begin at 18:30 (IST). We hope to have your company for that as well!
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"Buttler played a magnificent innings as he has done over and over again for England. It's good to get a win under your belt, as it keeps you going through the tournament," he adds.
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"It's a high scoring ground anyway, and once they got off to a decent start, we knew that we were up for a chase of 170+ runs. It was Ricky Ponting's idea to bring Mitchell McClenaghan onto the wicket at the fall of the 2nd wicket, in order to counter the leg spinners, with Mitch being a left-hander and a powerful hitter," says Rohit.
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Rohit Sharma has been adjudged as the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 84 runs!
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Rohit finished with 84 off 54 with 10 fours and 2 sixes while Buttler played a magnificent cameo of 41 off 22 with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Not to forget the masterstroke of promoting McClenaghan up the order, who took on the KKR spinners and scored a brisk 20 off just 8 balls with three gigantic sixes!
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Rohit Sharma was exquisite with the bat and more than made up for the catch that he dropped of Gambhir in the first innings.
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"We wanted to keep taking wickets. We didn't start well with the ball. They accelerated at the right time, so credit to the Mumbai Indians. We thought spinners would do well for us on this wicket. When the top three batsmen bat well, it becomes very difficult to defend any total," says Gautam Gambhir.
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Mumbai Indians, in the end, pull off a quality chase and open their account in the Indian Premier League 2016 with a win over the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets!
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19.1 Chawla to Pollard, 1 run, full delivery, Pollard doesn't go for the glory shot, instead he just guides it to backward point and completes the formality. Game over, MI WIN!
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18.6 Russell to Rohit, FOUR! Half volley, Rohit stays in his crease, and half sweeps - half pulls this in front of midwicket for a glorious boundary. 4, 4, 4. The captain has put the final nail in the coffin. Over to Pollard. A hattrick of fours by Rohit. He just sits down and sweeps the fast bowler from outside off towards the deep midwicket boundary for the third four in a row!
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18.5 Russell to Rohit, FOUR! He's doing this in style. Full delivery, he notices that mid off is up, stands in his crease and clears him with ease. Smashed cleanly over the head of the man at mid-off for another four!
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18.4 Russell to Rohit, FOUR! Beautiful shot. Full delivery, Rohit stays in his crease, just opens up his bat at the right time and beats third man to the boundary. Rohit just uses the pace of the bowler and guides it towards the third man boundary!
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Kieron Pollard walks in! 13 needed off 9!
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Russell has been taken to the cleaners, but he comes back with the vital wicket of Jos Buttler. Is it too late to get him or do the Knight Riders still have a chance?
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18.3 Russell to Buttler, OUT! Huge moment in the game. Russell bowls this in full again, Buttler attemps to clear the boundary, doesn't time it, Suryakumar Yadav composes himself and catches at mid off. Game on? Maybe not. But it has certainly gotten interesting.
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18.2 Russell to Rohit, 1 run, full and outside off, Rohit opens up his bat and guides it towards the sweeper cover.
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18.1 Russell to Rohit, FOUR! Predictable and easy, slower ball but ends up as a half volley, Rohit smashes it over Russell's head. Cross-seam slower ball, Rohit reads it well, and smashes it straight over the bowler's head towards the sight screen for a one bounce four!
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Russell brought back!
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Hastings over was probably the last throw of the dice by the Knight Riders, and he has left them with 18 to defend off the last 2 overs!
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17.6 Hastings to Buttler, no run, slower ball, Buttler slaps it back towards Hastings who drops it, can't blame him, went towards him too fast, great over given the circumstances.
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17.5 Hastings to Buttler, 2 runs, full ball worked over between deep midwicket and square leg. It was a length ball and Buttler tried to slog, but couldn't middle.
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17.4 Hastings to Buttler, no run, huge change of pace, fast bouncer now, 137 kmph, he swings and misses again.