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IPL: Starc takes 4, KKR beat Mumbai Indians by 24 runs at Wankhede
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IPL: Starc takes 4, KKR beat Mumbai Indians by 24 runs at Wankhede

| @indiablooms | 04 May 2024, 01:30 am

Mumbai/IBNS: In a dramatic IPL game where the pendulum swung from one end to the other, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sealed a 24-run victory over the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday (May 3).

The margin of victory does not reveal how close the match was, but both sides had their moments, however, KKR held their nerve and clinched a victory at the Wankhede Stadium against MI in the IPL 2024 after 12 years.

Mumbai Indian skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first.

KKR’s innings had everything within the powerplay – wickets, runs and drama.

Kolkata Knight Riders were 57 for the loss of four wickets at the end of six overs, and a ball later, they lost their fifth wicket.

That phase saw some good strokeplay, but also some good bowling that saw MI take early wickets.

KKR were bowled out for 169 in 19.5 overs.

Kolkata batter Venkatesh Iyer and impact player Manish Pandey scored 70 (off 52) and 42 (off 31) respectively.

For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah and Nuwan Thushara took 3 wickets each, while skipper Hardik Pandya got 2 wickets and Piyush Chawla took one.

Chasing 170, MI opener Ishan Kishan started off well in the second over smashing a four and six off Mitchell Starc.

However, in an attempt to hit another big shot, he was castled by the left-armer. Dhir came in at No. 3 but in the fifth over, Varun Chakaravarthy bowled him.

Mumbai's innings almost mirrored the KKR powerplay as MI got a few boundaries in that phase but lost far too many wickets.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Narine in the sixth over while trying to pull one through mid-wicket, and MI finished the powerplay at 46 for three.

While Suryakumar Yadav seemed to settle at one end, the wickets continued to fall for MI at the other. By the 12th over, they were down to 71 for six.

Suryakumar scored 56 off 35 balls with six boundaries and two over-boundaries.

After Surya's dismissal, Tim David’s presence kept the hopes up for MI and when he hit Mitchell Starc for a six through the leg-side in the 19th over, the hosts still sensed a chance with 26 to get off 11.

Starc then got David to hit one flat to Shreyas at long-off.

Next MI batter Piyush Chawla was dismissed first ball as he was caught at cover.

Later in the over, Starc sealed the deal when he bowled Gerald Coetzee, earning KKR the 24-run victory.

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