Pandya brothers take Mumbai to top of IPL rankings

Afp, New Delhi

7 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is known for his explosive batting but it was his bowling partnership with brother Krunal that took Mumbai Indians to the top of the IPL table at the end of the group stage.

Hardik, who will be a key member of India’s World Cup team in England, dismissed Kolkata Knight Riders dangermen Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill in consecutive overs to break up a threatening partnership and earn the man-of-the match award late Sunday.

Big brother Krunal gave away just 14 runs from his four overs of slow left-arm bowling as Kolkata were restricted to 133-7 off 20 overs.

Mumbai made 134-1 in 16.1 overs for a crushing nine wicket victory that set up a playoff game against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

While Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma made an unbeaten 55 to lead the run-chase, credit went to the team’s bowlers.

Delighting in the recognition of his right-arm medium pace, Hardik Pandya predicted the game against old rivals Chennai would be a “cracker”.

Sharma praised the whole team for using the Wankhede stadium pitch to vary the attack against Kolkata.

Mumbai made a quiet start to the T20 league but won three of their last five games while defending champions Chennai lost three of theirs.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will go straight into the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The loser will take on the winner of Wednesday’s elimination game between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the second place in the final.