Indian Premier League 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians: All-round Mumbai Indians battle for Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians (MI) avenged their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 opener defeat by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 49 runs in Abu Dhabi. With power hitters including Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan in the middle order, KKR sold themselves short of their reputation as they were limited to 146/9 chasing 196. The difference between the two sides was MI bowlers, who were smart from watching their KKR. The counterpart – especially Pat Cummins who went on to score 49 runs in three overs – in the first innings. KKR bowled several short balls to Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya as the batsmen caught them for a boundary.
Rohit played the anchor with 80 out of 54, while Suryakumar Yadav (47 for 28), Kieron Pollard (13 not out from 7) and Hardik (18 for 13) played short games of aggression.
MI did well with KKR opener Sunil Narine (9) bowling consistently well. A top end from James Pattinson fell into the land of no-mans, but the Australian soon saw his man as another short ball, propelling Naren to the top behind the ‘keeper’.
Shubman Gill (7) got Trent Boult caught by Pollard in the third over of the chase, while Nitish Rana (24) and Dinesh Karthik (30) added 46 runs in 5.2 overs for the third wicket, before any level. But could not accelerate. Rahul Chahar lbw Karthik.
Rana could not last long as he covered an over but dismissed Hardik to deep, who praised coach Mahela Jayawardhana’s superb running from the dugout.
Eoin Morgan arrived and although he initially struggled to read Chahar, he showed signs of aggression by taking a slow cut from Pollard for four.
The partnership between Morgan and Russell was crucial to KKR’s chances of chasing this total, but Jaspreet Bumrah hit that contest in an over when he bowled a slow ball to Russell (11 for 11) and Morgan. (16 years) in the 16th over.
Earlier, Rohit took full advantage of Karthik’s invitation to the KKR bowlers to bat. Pat Cummins and Andre Russell progressed at a low pace, but Rohit was ready for the task as he played pull shots behind the fours for sixes and fiercely with fours.
Naren was used for an over in the powerplay, but Suryakumar Yadav preferred to pull the spinner to mid-wicket for maximum and then let Kuldeep Yadav use his feet and lay on the pitch of the ball.
However, two quiet overs by the spinners saw Suryakumar run out.
Rohit reached beyond 50 in 12Th After this, Kuldeep got ahead by putting two sixes in 14.Th.
Cummins had a forgettable day as Saurabh Tiwary (21), who by that time struggled to land big shots, took the Australian pacer for a six and hit a four in 15Th Finish getting things for yourself.
Things changed in the last five overs, however, KKR pulled the game back by dismissing Tiwary first and then Rohit and fast bowler Hardik, who played their role of Cummins-bashing with two fours and a six. .
In the end, Mumbai finished on 195/5, even though at one stage it looked like they would overtake the previous 200, but it was more than enough for KKR, which was a bad day in the field and a fight. having had.
Cummins had some fun with his bat when he hit Jasprit Bumrah for four sixes in 18Th Over but by then the asking rate had risen to 28.
He scored 33 runs in 12 and 49 runs and hit a four off the ball but it was less of a consolation for the all-rounder.