Mumbai Indians won their final home game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. By the virtue of this win, Mumbai finished on the pole position in the points table ahead of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings. Like other games, even this game had its fair share of moments. However, there was one standout moment of the game that featured Krunal Pandya. The star all-rounder of Mumbai Indians neither played a stellar cameo with the bat nor did he pick up quick wickets but he made a significant contribution on the field which helped in getting rid of KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik.
It happened in the 13th over of KKR's innings which was bowled by Lasith Malinga and Karthik was on strike. On the fourth delivery, Malinga bowled a slower delivery on the line of middle and leg stump as the KKR skipper flicked it hard on the leg side where Krunal Pandya took a jumping catch and ensured that he did not drop the ball with some good athleticism. Pandya then kissed the ball in delight as the home crowd erupted in joy and Karthik went back to the dugout.
The video of this electrifying catch was posted on Twitter. Take a look.
The visitors sank into further trouble in the very same over when Malinga scalped star batsman Andre Russell for a golden duck. This wicket was arguably the biggest turning point of the game as MI had KKR on the mat after Russell's wicket.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma had no hesitation in bowling first after winning the toss. KKR got off to a good start as their openers Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn added 49 runs for the opening wicket. However, once both of them were dismissed by Hardik Pandya, the two-time winners failed to rediscover their rhythm. Robin Uthappa's 47-ball 40 guided KKR to 133/7 in their 20 overs.
In reply, the hosts got to the target without breaking any sweat riding on skipper Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 48-ball 55 and Suryakumar Yadav's unbeaten 27-ball 46.