Ishan Kishan turns out to be Mumbai's star


Rohit's message to Kishan was pretty simple - "back yourself and attack".

Mumbai Indians produced a brilliant all-round performance after Ishan Kishan's batting pyrotechnics outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League last night. Cruising at one stage and seemingly looking to make it the the playoffs comfortably, KKR suffered a jolt last Sunday after losing to MI in Mumbai. By the time Narine managed to break the partnership, MI were 144/3 after just 14 overs. Kuldeep Yadav was his main victim, who was smashed for three sixes in an over. We need some good hits today.

But the 26-year-old Trinidadian could not make the most of the reprieve, getting out in odd fashion trying to pull a loose Chawla delivery with the ball ballooning off the back of his bat to short third man where Chris Lynn took an easy catch.

The lack of victories at the start of the campaign returned to haunt them again this season as Mumbai lost five of their opening six games, appearing doomed to miss out on the playoffs as their title defence faltered.

Ishan Kishan ended up making a half century in just 17 balls to take MI to 210/6.

Earlier in the tournament, Kings XI Punjab bowler Andrew Tye had to bowl a penalty ball for an on-field umpire's mistake. "I am happy that everything is coming out good for him".

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The result was a total of 210/5 riding on the back of Ishan Kishan's whirlwind knock of 62 runs off just 21 deliveries. If you get the ball, hit, otherwise you can go for a single as well.

Kishan also played the "helicopter" shot made famous by his Ranchi mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Whenever I meet him, I get a lot of tips from him. "Just read the situation and see how to build your innings.' I feel confident when these guys talk to me", Kishan said.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik is run out for 5 at the Eden on Wednesday. "He knows it's one of those bad days", Karthik said at the post-mach press conference.

Another worrying factor for KKR is that two of their remaining matches are against table toppers SRH and KXIP.

"I am very disappointed".

Thus, the Knight-mare of three years continues. "When the team comes together and talk to each other, it's about helping out each other".