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KKR stay alive as Hardik blitzkrieg goes in vain

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 34-run win over old nemesis Mumbai Indians (MI) despite Hardik Pandya’s fireworks in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Put into bat, KKR rode on Andre Russell’s 40-ball 80 not out and half-centuries by Shubman Gill (76; 45 balls, 4×6, 6×4) and Chris Lynn (54; 29 balls, 4×8, 6×2) to post 232/2, this season’s highest total.

In reply, Hardik Pandya was the sole shining light for MI with a swashbuckling 91 off 34 balls (4×6, 6×9), his highest score in this format, as Mumbai managed 198/7 in 20 overs.

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