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Preview: M7 – MI vs KKR

What Mumbai Indians will play their first home match of VIVO IPL 2017 when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 7. The teams are coming off contrasting results in their respective season openers. While MI lost a close tie to Rising Pune Supergiant, KKR sauntered to a 10-wicket win against the Gujarat Lions. MI will do well do shrug off their habit of starting slow and then playing catch up; they are playing this match at home and will be keen to get their first win on the board and build on that momentum. KKR, under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, have always been seen as a focussed team from the word go, with the captain generally leading from the front. KKR momentarily occupy a place at the top of the table, and they will want to add another win before they get to the famili...

Match Report: M4 – KXIP vs RPS

Glenn Maxwell celebrated his captaincy debut by top-scoring and powering his team Kings XI Punjab to a comfortable 6-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant at Indore. After putting RPS in, KXIP – making their first appearance in VIVO IPL 2017 – did extremely well to restrict them to 163-6, and then chased down the runs in 19 overs. 164 was a tricky chase, but KXIP were provided a brisk start by HashimAmla and Manan Vohra, who added 27 runs in under three overs. WriddhimanSaha, sent in to bat at number three, cracked three boundaries in a 9-ball cameo. Amla (28) and Axar Patel, who was sent in at four to counter Imran Tahir’s leg-spin, added 34 in 5.2 overs, before both batsmen were dismissed in successive overs just past the halfway mark. KXIP needed 79 runs from 8.5 overs at that st...

Mitchell Johnson’s experience came in to play: Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel had the best seat in the house, behind the stumps as Mumbai Indians clinched a one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in the VIVO IPL 2017 Final in Hyderabad. The Rohit Sharma-led side defended 129 runs in the grand finale to claim the trophy for the third time. With RPS needing 11 runs off the last over, the ball was handed to the veteran pacer Mitchell Johnson. On most occasions, one would have fancied the batting team – in this case RPS – to score the runs. In this instance, the experienced campaigner Manoj Tiwary on strike at the start of the final over, and he had the company of a well-set Steve Smith – batting on 51 –at the non-striker’s end. Speaking about the last over, Parthiv said, “It was brilliant (cricket). Mitchell Johnson has been bowling really well. With a c...

I am proud of Krunal: Hardik Pandya

They have been the toast of the Mumbai Indians campaign this year. They have been partners in crime complementing each other at every level of the competition. One scores, the other cheers.One bowls, the other catches.The Pandya brothers have made telling contributions in the 10th edition of the IPL. More so elder brother Krunal, who has been Mumbai Indians’ utility player with his crafty left-armers and meaningful middle-order contributions. If Krunal set the tone, there would be occasions when Hardik would play the finishing Krunal was adjudged the Man of the Match in the VIVO IPL 2017 Final for a vital 47, and brother Hardik couldn’t help but be proud of his elder brother for clinching his maiden IPL title. “I am just proud of him. He has delivered champion performances time and again i...

Fielding was what made the difference: Pollard

With only 129 runs on the board, the bowlers had a tough task on their hands when Mumbai Indians came out to defend the modest score against the Rising Pune Supergiant line-up comprising of the likes of Steven Smith, MS Dhoni andAjinkyaRahane. Once again Jonty Rhodes’ wards rose to the occasion and complemented their bowlers in defending the total in Hyderabad and gave the MI captain the opportunity to lift the IPL trophy a third time –afeat that no other team has achieved in 10 years of the coveted league. With 11 runs required off the last over, Kieron Pollard, who has been one of Mumbai Indians’ safest fielders over the years, caught Manoj Tiwary at long-on.The next delivery, Ambati Rayudu caught a blinder near the ropes to send back Steven Smith. The catch to dismiss Smith – who was ba...