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IPL 10: MI v KKR – Heroes and Zeroes

Mumbai Indians defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets in a hugely entertaining IPL match at the Wankhede stadium.

Mumbai Indians looked down and out but Hardik Pandya and Nitish Rana ensured Mumbai won it with a ball to spare.

Also Read: IPL 10 – Gujarat Lions v Kolkata Knight Riders : Heroes and Zeroes

Here we look at the Heroes and Zeroes from the game.

 

Heroes 

Manish Pandey 

KKR's Mr. Consistent has been a great performer for the Kolkata franchise and showcased his importance with a brilliant 83 under pressure. Pandey hit 5 fours and 5 sixes and held the innings together as all the other KKR batsmen failed to get going. Pandey has been in and out of the Indian side and if he wishes to make it to the Champions Trophy squad, he needs to deliver consistently. The Karnataka batsman is a destructive batsman when on song and would be looking to continue his good form.

 

Krunal Pandya 

The Mumbai Indians spinner snapped up the important wickets of Gambhir and Uthappa in one over and was economical as well, as he only gave away 24 runs in his 4 overs and picked up 3 wickets. Krunal also started well with the bat but couldn't capitalise on his start as he got out for 11. This elder brother of Hardik has been a real good buy for Mumbai Indians and has delivered when the Indians needed him the most.

Krunal needs to perform consistently with the bat as well and help Mumbai to their third title

 

Hardik Pandya 

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has continued to increase in stature and played a blinder to guide his team home. Pandya scored a brilliant 27 off just 11 balls and took his team home with a ball to spare. Hardik was electric in the field as well and looks to be a superstar in the making. If he continues to deliver such match-winning performances on a regular basis, then he would be the answer to India's all-rounder woes.

 

Nitish Rana

The inclusion of Nitish Rana in the eleven has raised a few eyebrows, but he shut his critics up with a valiant 50 off just 29 balls and managed to keep Mumbai in the game. Rana has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit for Delhi and would look to keep his place in the side with good performances throughout.

 

Zeroes

Rohit Sharma 

 

The Mumbai Indians captain is just back from injury and failed for the second game in a row. Rohit has been brilliant for Mumbai Indians and has led them to two IPL titles. The Mumbai outfit are immensely dependent on him and look an entirely different side when he is at his best. Rohit needs to find his best form or risk the chance of falling behind in the table. Rohit is just back from a serious injury and needs time to settle down, and the rest of the batsmen need to deliver till their captain is back in form.

 

Trent Boult 

The Kiwi pacer was snapped up for a huge amount in the auction and was expected to fill the void left behind by Morne Morkel. But he has failed to deliver and was extremely expensive as he gave away 47 runs in 3.5 overs and went wicketless. Boult needs to recapture his best form and be the strike bowler Kolkata desperately need. He is a proven world-class bowler and needs to live up to his reputation.

 

Mitchell McClenaghan

Another Kiwi pacer, McClenaghan has been a good performer for Mumbai for two seasons now, but injury and loss of form has led him to lose his bite. He was played ahead of two proven world-class bowlers – Mitchell Johnson and Tim Southee, but failed to justify the team management's decision as he gave away 51 runs in his 4 overs. With Lasith Malinga being a surety in the eleven, only one place is left vacant in the overseas department and if McClenaghan continues to perform poorly, one of either Johnson or Southee will take his place in the side.

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