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IPL 2021: KKR and MI in hunt for playoff spot after their respective wins in the double header

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Kolkata Knight Riders won their 11th match against Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets while Mumbai Indians turned on a good display of bowling to win their match against Punjab Kings. With this win KKR moves to the 4th spot in the points table.

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Mumbai Indians v/s Punjab Kings

Mumbai Indians put on a clinical show with both bat and the ball as they defeated Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets as they chased the target of 136 in 19 overs with the loss of just 4 wickets.
Hardik Pandya starred with the bat as all-rounder smashed unbeaten 40 to carry his team over the victory line. Saurabh Tiwary and Kieron Pollard also played important innings of 45 and 15 respectively for the Mumbai Indians. Pollard also scalped two wickets for the defending champions as they restricted PBKS to 135.

Pollard was adjudged Player of the Match.

IPL 2021 Points Table (after match 42)

League Matches Rankings
TeamPlayedWonLostTiedNRRPoints
CSK108200.91516
DC118300.56216
RCB10640-0.35912
KKR115600.36310
MI11560-0.45310
PBKS11470-0.2888
RR10460-0.3698
SRH10280-0.3614

Kolkata Knight Riders v/s Delhi Capitals

KKR bowlers executed brilliantly in keeping DC to just 127/9. And despite some worrying moments in the chase, a late Sunil Narine cameo (21 off 10) meant they could avoid a nervy finish. DC became the first side in IPL history to not hit a single six in an innings at Sharjah. KKR, by contrast, hit seven. And in a low-scoring encounter, this proved the difference. 

Brief Scores

IPL 2021, Match 41: KKR (130/7) – (127/9) DC

Delhi Capitals – Steve Smith 39, Rishabh Pant 39; Avesh Khan 3/13

Kolkata Knight Riders – Nitish Rana 36*, Shubman Gill 30; Ferguson 2/10, Sunil Narine 2/18

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wickets


IPL 2021, Match 42: MI (137/4) – (135/6) PBKS

Mumbai Indians – Saurabh Tiwary 45, Hardik Pandya 40*; Pollard 2/8

Punjab Kings – Aiden Markham 42, Deepak Hooda 28; Ravi Bishnoi 2/17

Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets


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