MI registered a thumping win against KKR and Closer To Sealing Playoffs Spot .
Mumbai Indians registered a thumping win against the Kolkata Knight Riders who had a new captain in Eoin Morgan tonight. MI sits comfortably at the top, just two wins from 6 games and they seal the playoffs spot.
PERFORMERS OF THE DAY
MUMBAI INDIANS Bat: Rohit Sharma 35(36) Quinton De Kock 78(44) Bowl: Rahul Chahar 4-0-18-2 Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-22-1 KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS Bat: Pat Cummins 53(36) Eoin Morgan 39*(29) Bowl: Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-23-1
AS IT HAPPENED
Another Horrific Start for KKR
KKR won the toss and chose to bat, on a ground that has favoured the side batting first. The Knights were off to another horrific start with the bat with 2 wickets falling in the powerplay. They were 33-2 after the first 6 overs.
Rahul Chahar Dismantles Kkr’ Middle Order
Rahul Chahar, the only leg-spinner in Mumbai Indians dismantled KKR’s highly acclaimed middle order in the 8th over. First, he uprooted Shubman Gill with the help of some absolute brilliance by Pollard in the field. He got out Dinesh Karthik in the very next ball. A well directed bouncer by Bumrah got rid of Andre Russell too. KKR were 63-5 after 11 overs. A dismantled middle order meant that KKR’s primary focus turned to building a partnership and playing the complete 20 overs.
Pat Cummins Breathes Life Into Kkr’s Innings
Pat Cummins stepped up with the bat and ensured that KKR reached a respectable total. He stringed a 87 runs partnership with Morgan who surprisingly had to play second fiddle to Cummins. KKR finished with 148-5, scoring 53 of the last 5 overs.
Mumbai Openers Make it look Easy
Mumbai Indians opener, Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock got their team off to a flyer. It was their first 50+ partnership this season. KKR’s strategy to bowl Chris Green in the powerplay didn’t pay dividends. MI were 51-0 after the first 6 overs. MI registered a thumping win against KKR .
De Kock Anchors Another Win
Quinton De Kock scored his 3rd fifty of the last 4 matches. He made sure that KKR don’t get a way into the match after Rohit and Suryakumar departed. He went on to score an unbeaten 78 with a strike rate of 177 to seal the match.
Hardik Does The Rest
Hardik Pandya didn’t linger around when sent at 4. He smacked the ball from the word go and made 21 of 11 balls. Mumbai chased a modest target of 149 in the 17th over itself. Quinton and Rohit did the damage at the top and Hardik did the rest to put up another complete performance.
KKR bowlers didn’t look threatening enough. They did not have enough runs to defend and a drought of wickets at the top meant that Mumbai ran away with the game. Mumbai Indians now hold a 21-6 record against Kolkata Knight Riders!
Read Also : KXIP Register Their Second Win This Season