Mumbai Indians stayed on course for a play-off berth after pulling off a narrow five-run win over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in a nerve-wracking last-over IPL thriller. (Full Coverage| Fixtures|Points Table)
The hosts first recovered from a poor start of 79 for four to post 171-4 following a whirlwind knock of 61 not out in 31 balls from Hardik Pandya.
Chasing the score, Knight Riders lost wickets at regular intervals after a bright start of 45 but still were in the hunt for a win and a place in the play-off when they needed 12 runs in the last over bowled by Kieron Pollard. (FULL REPORT HERE)
The chase, as it happened!
The social buzz of #MIvsKKR
The build up
Emphasising on the importance of Thursday’s IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting termed the clash against the defending champions as a “virtual final” for his team.
Akram was all praise for captain Gautam Gambhir and said he has been aggressive in his outlook right through.
The game at Wankhede on Thursday is nothing short of a quarter-final for the MI if Ricky Ponting is to be believed. The match is a must win for the franchise if they want to repeat the feat of reaching the play offs for the 3rd consecutive time.