Andre Russell smashed an unbeaten 80* as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
Mumbai included Barinder Saran and dropped Anukul Roy, while Kolkata brought back Robbie Uthappa, Harry Gurney and Sandeep Warrier.
After being sent into bat by MI skipper, KKR opening pair of Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn made a fantastic beginning as the duo added 96 runs for the first wicket, before Rahul Chahar got the breakthrough by dismissing Lynn for a quickfire 54.
The visitors were a bit sloppy in the field as both Lynn and Russell were dropped by Pollard and Lewis respectively.
Russell who was promoted to No 3, took time to get going but unleashed as he along with Gill added 62 runs for the second wicket, before the former was caught by Lewis off Hardik Pandya for an electrifying 76.
The West Indies hard hitting batsman along with skipper Dinesh Karthik added an unbeaten 74 runs in 28 balls, as the home side posted a massive 232/2 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a mammoth 233 runs, Mumbai Indians started disastrously as they lost Quinton De Kock to Sunil Narine for a duck.
Skipper Rohit Sharma who looked good in his short stay was out leg before wicket to Gurney for 12.
After the power play the visitors were in dire straits as they lost wickets of Ewin Lewis and Surya Kumar Yadav with the score on 58.
Hardik Pandya and Pollard resurrected the innings with a fine stand of 63 runs for the fifth wicket, before the former was caught by Nitish Rana off Narine.
The Pandya brothers brought Mumbai back on track by putting on valuable 64 runs for the sixth wicket, before Gurney dismissed the dangerous Hardik for a blistering 91 off 34 balls. His knock comprised of 9 sixes and 6 fours.
Krunal tried his best to get his side to a victory but failed to do as Mumbai Indians at the end of their allotted 20 overs finished at a competitive 198/7.
Narine, Gurney and Russell bagged 2 wickets each.
The 48th match of the Indian Premier League will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab at Hyderabad on 29 April, Monday.