IPL-2018: Team has backed me a lot: Ishan Kishan

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

Both the teams are fighting for the 4th spot to qualify for the playoffs and a win on Thursday will set the ball rolling for the winning team. If they win the remaining four, they will qualify for the playoffs.

Mumbai's Ishan Kishan plays a shot against Kolkata during a T20 2018 cricket match at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Wednesday. KKR, on the other hand, were not at full strength against MI in their away game, with young pacer Shivam Mavi's injured finger joining the team's long list of injuries this season. Playing them at the Wankhede on Sunday, KKR stumbled against a struggling MI side by 13 runs.

The Mumbai Indians skipper anchored the innings all the way after walking out to bat at No 3. "I was probably a little bit nervous and apprehensive early on but of late I can bat with freedom". Former KKR man Suryakumar Yadav opened the batting for MI along with Evin Lewis. He was finally dismissed on 62 by Narine in the 15 over but by then the damage was done.

"Rohit bhaiya told me to just back yourself and attack". Mumbai's strategy of always keeping a left-right combination at the batting crease has already been a disaster. He later returned with the ball to claim figures of 2/12 in 3.2 overs. Lynn not fit but batting with freedom Meanwhile, ignored for Australia's upcoming limited-overs tours, Kolkata Knight Riders's Chris Lynn said he may not be 100 percent fit on the field, but he is batting with "freedom" and fulfilling expectations.

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The 20-year old leg spinner continued to impress as he bowled a superb spell of 4-0-26-1 in this match, taking the wicket of Uthappa. Nitish Rana has been in fine touch for the purple brigade from the outset while Andre Russell has played a few devastating knocks. Markande then accounted for Uthappa (14) and Hardik dismissed Russell (2) in the very next over.

Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya scalped two wickets each.

Karthik, possibly even tempted at the moment, downplayed the need to make wholesale changes to the side. They lost the match by 102 runs which affected their run-rate. The 28-year-old again looked risky after striking 21 off 15 deliveries (including a spectacular six over square leg) only to be involved in a mix-up between the wickets and forced to watch Kolkata's batting order buckle under the pressure of an escalating run rate. Lewis and Kishan have also looked unsafe with the bat, but the latter has been demoted down the order in recent games.

However, in the KKR camp, there could be rotation again, as Sunil Narine could be promoted back to the opening slot.

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