Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Indian Premier League 2016 - 5th Match

13 Apr 2016

Indian Premier League 2016 - 5th Match
(Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians at Kolkata)

Rohit, Buttler brush aside 188 target

187/5 (20) 188/4 (19.1)
MI won by 6 wickets
Photo © BCCI

It was entirely bewildering. Mitchell McClenaghan walked out at No. 4 for Mumbai Indians. It is not like the side is short of hitters. Mumbai spent INR 3.8 crores acquiring a new one for this year, but Jos Buttler caught fire only after the spark provided by McClenaghan's eight-ball 20. The events between the 11th and the 15th overs of the chase decided the winner of the match - Mumbai, by six wickets.

McClenaghan's responsibility - under normal circumstances - was to slip into Lasith Malinga's shoes. Be the wicket-taker at the start and the enforcer at the end. Today, he was asked to disrupt the Kolkata Knight Riders' rhythm. And he was given the freedom to do so. Every single shot played by the New Zealand fast bowler was a slog. His second, third and fourth balls cleared the Eden Gardens boundaries. The eighth - a wide full toss that he tried to slog sweep - led to his downfall but by then Mumbai had regained lost momentum. And Buttler simply ran with it.

Rohit, Buttler brush aside 188 target (espncricinfo):
Photo © BCCI

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