A stroll in the park it was for the Mumbai Indians, as they continue their dominance over the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Eoin Morgan’s captaincy stint begins with a disappointing loss, as they were defeated by a confident and dominant Mumbai Indians by eight wickets and 19 balls to spare.
Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a horrific start as the Mumbai Indians bowlers ripped through their top-order and reduced the Knight Riders to 61/ 5 around the halfway stage. The Knight Riders were left in a serious spot of bother, but it was an unbeaten 87-run-partnership between Pat Cummins and KKR’s new skipper Eoin Morgan that helped the Knight Riders reach a respectable total of 148/5 at the end of their 20 overs.
Pat Cummins, enroute his unbeaten 53 off 36, scored his maiden IPL half-century. He was very well supported by captain Morgan with a 29-ball-39, as they made sure KKR got past the 140-run mark, which seemed quite unlikely for them during the halfway mark.
Coming out to chase a modest total, the Mumbai Indians got off to a flyer with their openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma taking apart the KKR bowling, as they raced away to 90/0 in the 10 over mark, but Rohit Sharma was dismissed soon after for 35 by Shivam Mavi in the very first over he bowled.
But Quinton de Kock made sure that Mumbai Indians never get back in the run chase with his fine 78 not-out off 44 as the Mumbai Indians eventually just cruised through and reached the target with ease with eight wickets in hand. Hardik Pandya played a great cameo of 21 off 11 towards the end and helped Mumbai finish off in style.
Mumbai Indians now sit at the top of the points table with six wins from eight matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) – 148/5(20/20 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 53(36)
Eoin Morgan 49(29)
Rahul Chahar 2/18(4)
Jasprit Bumrah 1/22(4)
Mumbai Indians(MI) – 149/2(16.5/20 overs)
Quinton de Kock* 78(44)
Rohit Sharma 35(36)
Varun Chakravarthy 1/23(4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/24(3)
MI WON BY 8 WICKETS
Player of the Match – Quinton de Kock
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Quinton de Kock
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Hardik Pandya
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Quinton de Kock
Cred Power Player – Quinton de Kock
TODAY’S MATCHES :
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Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 3pm IST
Match Time – 3:30pm IST
Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue – Sharjah 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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