Mumbai Indians registered a comprehensive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday Credit: IPL Twitter

Guwahati: Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) displayed a clinical performance, as they registered a comprehensive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), beating them by 49 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, thus clinching their first even win in the United Arab Emirates.

Put into bat first after losing the toss, the Mumbai Indians got off to an absolute flyer. Despite losing their opener Quinton de Kock to the young Shivam Mavi in the second over itself, the Mumbai Indians had the best start in the tournament so far, with a brilliant 90-run-partnership of just 40 deliveries between skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav for the second wicket.

Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav added a brilliant 90-run-partnership of just 40 deliveries for the second wicket

The partnership was looking dangerous for the KKR when a slight misjudgment in running between the wickets brought an end to the partnership, as Suryakumar chanced a risky second and was caught short of his crease to be dismissed for 47.

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Although there was no significant contribution in the batting order post Suryakumar’s dismissal, it was the skipper Rohit, who held his ground strong and smashed the KKR bowlers to all parts of the ground scoring a superb 80 of just 54 deliveries. Apart from the skipper, some quick cameos from Saurabh Tiwary(21 of 13), Hardik Pandya((18 of 13) and Kieron Pollard(13 of 7) helped Mumbai Indians to reach a match-winning first innings total of 195/5 at the end of their 20 overs.

Rohit Sharma smashed the KKR bowlers to all parts of the ground scoring a superb 80 of just 54 deliveries

Coming out to chase a pretty big total, the KKR innings never seemed on track as they started very slow and lost their openers early on as well, reaching just 25/2 at the end of five overs. A short 41-run-partnership for the third wicket between skipper Dinesh Karthik(30 of 23) and Nitish Rana(24 of 18) gave some hope to the KKR fans, but even then it was not as quick as the situation demanded, and the game just kept slipping away from the Knights. With Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan failing to deliver, it became all the more difficult for KKR to have a chance back in the game. A late flurry of shots from KKR’s big buy, Pat Cummins gave the KKR fans something to cheer towards the end. Cummins had a rather forgettable day with the ball giving away 49 runs in just three overs, but he had quite a memorable day with the bat as he emerged as the highest scorer for the KKR. Cummins scored a quickfire 33 in just 12 deliveries smashing Bumrah for four sixes in the last over, thus shortening the margin of defeat for the KKR.

Pat Cummins scored a quickfire 33 in just 12 deliveries.

SCORECARD

Mumbai Indians (MI) – 195/5 (20/20 overs)

BATTING
Rohit Sharma 80 (54)
Suryakumar Yadav 47 (28)

BOWLING
Shivam Mavi 2/32 (4)
Andre Russell 1/17 (2)

Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) – 146/9 (20/20 overs)

BATTING
Pat Cummins 33(12)
Dinesh Karthik 30(23)

BOWLING
James Pattinson 2/25(4)
Rahul Chahar 2/26(4)

MI WON BY 49 RUNS

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Player of the Match – Rohit Sharma

Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Rohit Sharma

Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Pat Cummins

Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Rohit Sharma

Cred Power Player – Suryakumar Yadav

TODAY’S MATCH – Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription



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