Match 22, Indian Premier League, 2023 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Toss won by Mumbai Indians (Match Ended)
- Batsman R B 4s 6s SR
- Cameron Green 1 1 0 0 100
- Tim David 24 13 1 2 184.61
The Player of the Match award has been given to Venkatesh Iyer despite being in the losing team for his remarkable 104 in just 51 deliveries as he proved to be a lone fighter in the visitors' batting order.
The Kolkata bowlers were under the gun right from the word go and were unable to put any sort of pressure on the batters. They lacked discipline and conceded far too many boundary deliveries with only Suyash Sharma coming out of this tie with something to be proud of. He claimed two wickets for 27 runs in his four overs with Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, and Shardul Thakur chipping in with one wicket each towards the end. They will be disappointed they could not keep Venkatesh Iyer on the winning side after his remarkable century in the first inning.
Mumbai pulled off a surprise in the run-chase by bringing on Rohit Sharma as an Impact Player and he put on a 65-run partnership with Ishan Kishan for the first wicket. He was dismissed after getting off to a start but Ishan went on to score an attacking half-century. Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma played well through the middle overs and got the team close to the finish line. Suryakumar Yadav fell seven runs short of his fifty but Tim David played the role of a finisher to perfection and got his side over the finish line with 14 balls to spare.
This has been a comprehensive win by Mumbai! They have absolutely nailed this run chase and ascertained their superiority over this opposition with their 23rd win in 32 encounters. They now have consecutive wins and the momentum is back in the favour of the hosts after a poor start to their campaign. Kolkata have now lost two consecutive games after the remarkable rescue job pulled off by Rinku Singh and will want need to figure out what is going wrong at the earliest.
Tim David hits the winning run! Lockie Ferguson serves this full again and on middle, Tim David tucks it towards long on for an easy single. MUMBAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
SCORES LEVEL! This is full and on middle, Cameron Green drives it down the pitch where Lockie Ferguson goes down, but lets it through towards long on. They cross.
Cameron Green finally comes out to bat.
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Lockie Ferguson gets a wicket now! He bangs this onto the pitch and around off, Nehal Wadhera looks to cut it away, but misses and Rahmanullah Gurbaz collects it behind the stumps. Lockie Ferguson appeals for it, but Gurbaz is not interested. However, Nitish Rana goes for the reveiw and UltraEdge shows a spike when the ball is close to the bat. The on-field call is changed and Nehal Wadhera has to make that long walk back. Still two runs neeeded to win!
FOUR! Nice timing! Lockie Ferguson lands this on a hard length and around off, Nehal Wadhera waits for it and dabs it wide of third man for a boundary. Mumbai one hit away from the win now!
Touch fuller and on off, Nehal Wadhera steers it towards third man for one more.
A low full toss, outside off, Tim David drills it towards deep point for one.
Right then, Mumbai have won on a special day, wearing the women's team jersey and playing in front of 19000 young girls! They could not have written a better script! The action in the Indian T20 League continues as we have a rematch of the last year's final. Gujarat are hosting Rajasthan at the Narendra Modi Stadium and the game is underway. Do switch tabs and catch the action. From here, goodbye and cheers!