Cricket: Trent Boult brilliance secures Mumbai Indians' IPL win against Kolkata Knight Riders

  • 14/04/2021

Blackcaps bowler Trent Boult has played a crucial late hand for his Mumbai Indians side in their 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

At 122/4 at the end of the 15th over, Kolkata appeared well positioned to chase down their 153-run target.

But with the Knights needing 15 runs to win from the final over, Boult stepped up to claim two wickets in consecutive balls to seal the Indians victory.

The 31-year-old nabbed Andre Russell caught and bowled, then delivered a pinpoint yorker to clean out Aussie Pat Cummins' off-stump, finishing with impressive figures of 2/27 from his allotted four overs.

"Obviously, a good feeling to close out a game like that," Boult said afterwards. "It was a great game in the end.

"It just shows the importance of staying in it and keeping that pressure on.

"We knew it would always be tricky if we put the ball where we'd spoken about. The cliche of taking a couple of wickets and putting the pressure on worked nicely for us."

Miserly spinner Krunal Pandya was also key to stifling the Knights' run rate through the final five overs, while Suryakumar Yadav starred with the bat, slamming 56 runs from 36 balls.

"It was a great fightback, considering where the game was while they were batting," Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said.

"Anyone who came to bowl at different stages wanted to put their hands up and do something for the team. We can take a lot of confidence from this game."

The Indians are now placed second in the IPL standings, after splitting their two season-opening games.