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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.
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17.3 Hastings to Buttler, no run, another slower bouncer, 102 kmph, Buttler comes down the track but misses the ball. Slower ball way outside off, which Buttler, who was already too far outside his crease and had backed away too far outside leg fails to reach.
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17.2 Hastings to Rohit, 1 run, slower bouncer, Rohit pulls but mistimes, rolls towards deep midwicket.
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17.1 Hastings to Buttler, 1 run, full toss, following Buttler who made room, worked on to the leg side. Buttler made room outside leg, Hastings followed with a low full toss outside leg and Buttler flicks it towards deep midwicket.
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Hastings to bowl!
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16.6 Hogg to Rohit, two runs, full and outside off, played towards the covers.
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16.5 Hogg to Rohit, no run, wrong one from Hogg, to which Rohit had no answer.
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16.4 Hogg to Rohit, FOUR! Full delivery, swept away towards Yusuf Pathan at long on, who misfields and concedes four. Pathan misfields this time. Nothing is going right for the home team at the moment. Pathan had got it covered, but just over ran it at the last moment!
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16.3 Hogg to Buttler, 1 run, straight and full, Buttler middles and plays down the ground, Hogg gets a hand on it.
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16.2 Hogg to Buttler, no run, SLOW FULL TOSS, Buttler wound up, thought of clearing the Eden Gardens, completely misses, funny moment all around.
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16.1 Hogg to Buttler, 2 runs, full delivery, easily worked towards the long on fielder. 50 partnership is up between these two men in just 26 balls!
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15.6 Russell to Buttler, 1 run, good length delivery, played towards the point region to retain strike, damage done for the over.
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15.5 Russell to Buttler, SIX! AGAIN! Repeat of the previous delivery, except he got even more distance on this! He is taking Russell to town! Copy that and paste it over the next ball! Brilliant hitting by Buttler here. He has played the same shot here, through the same region, for the same result.
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15.4 Russell to Buttler, SIX! That is brute power! Stays in his crease, the ball is full and on off stump, he just stands there and easily clears deep cover! 150 is up with that powerful hit by Buttler!
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15.3 Russell to Buttler, FOUR! Magic from Buttler! Good length delivery, Buttler shuffles across and scoops it into the vacant deep fine leg area. He shuffles across his crease and plays the ramp, and although he didn't get all of it, it was still enough to take the ball away from the fielders!
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15.2 Russell to Rohit, 1 run, yorker, dug out and played towards the point region.
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15.1 Russell to Rohit, no run, slower bouncer outside off stump, Rohit plays and misses.
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Russell has been brought back!
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17 runs off that Hogg over. KKR's best bowler has been taken to the cleaners! 49 runs needed by MI off 30 balls!
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14.6 Hogg to Buttler, SIX!!! Over correction from Hogg, drops this way too short. Buttler rocks back, clears deep midwicket with EASE! Oh boy, POWER! Buttler is doping what he does best at the death. He is slogging and clearing everything at the moment!
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14.5 Hogg to Buttler, FOUR! Flighted delivery, Buttler takes his time and smashes this straight back, rockets to the boundary. Beautiful wrist work there by Buttler!
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14.4 Hogg to Rohit, 1 run, gets the googly out, plays it just in front of point and takes a quick single.
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14.3 Hogg to Buttler, 1 run, yorker, dug out towards long off for another single
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14.2 Hogg to Rohit, 1 run, back of a length, Rohit just dabs this into the leg side and crosses.
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14.1 Hogg to Rohit, FOUR! Full and straight, expertly swept off the middle of the bat to deep square leg. Rohit has reached his fifty, and would be raring to go for everything now.
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It's neck to neck at the moment, as KKR too were 122/2 at the end of 14 overs during their innings. Hogg has been brought back into the attack!