This is now the fastest fifty in IPL 2021, overtaking Kieron Pollard, who smashed a fifty in 17 balls against CSK in Delhi. Prithvi Shaw is next on the list with an 18-ball fifty against KKR.
This is also Ishan Kishan’s second consecutive fifty after returning to the side. He whacked 50* off 25 balls versus Rajasthan Royals three days ago in Sharjah. This assault from Ishan Kishan came as MI target a huge score to keep themselves in the playoff hunt.
Mumbai, who have 12 points, are still in the hunt for the playoffs but would need an incredibly massive win to proceed: MI need to win by 171 runs or more and score more than 200 to go past KKR’s net run rate of +0.587. KKR gained a big boost to their NRR with an 86-run victory over RR yesterday.
Ishan Kishan hammers SRH bowlers in the powerplay; Rashid Khan dismisses Rohit Sharma
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai Indians got a blazing start from Ishan Kishan. The left-hander hit Mohammad Nabi for a first-ball six before carting Siddarth Kaul for four boundaries in a row.
In the third, Rohit hit his first four before Kishan struck two more. In the fourth, bowled by Holder, Sharma took one four and Kishan brought up MI’s fifty in just 3.4 overs with a maximum. Two more fours off Holder and Kishan brought up his own fifty off 16 balls!
The left-hander then went after Umran Malik, cracking another couple of boundaries. Rashid Khan, however, applied brakes on the scoring rate with the wicket of Rohit Sharma, who departed for 18. Mumbai are 83/1 at the end of the powerplay. Ishan Kishan has scored 63 runs from 22 balls.
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