Kolkata Knight Riders crush MI by 7 wickets to reach top half of the table
Kolkata Knight Riders registered their second consecutive win after beating Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets on Thursday. With that win, they have now climbed to the fourth spot on the points table with 4 wins in 9 matches. Eoin Morgan and Co. would be delighted with the way they have performed in their last two games in UAE.
On a pitch that aided fast bowlers, Eoin Morgan started the innings with spinners on both ends against Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma. Both Rohit and De Kock took a little risk and played sensibly.
The duo, however, took on the aggressive route the moment pacers came into the attack. Prasidh Krishna went for 16 runs in the 6th over of the innings as MI scored 56 runs in the powerplay without any loss of wicket.
However, Morgan didn’t hold his spinners back and brought them back again after the powerplay. Sunil Narine got the big wicket of Rohit Sharma in the 10th over to get the first wicket.
Surya Kumar Yadav’s poor run of form continued as he got out after scoring 5 runs off 10 balls. However, Quinton de Kock kept hitting boundaries and ensured MI keep scoring runs at a good rate. He found little support from the other end, though.
Prasidh Krishna eventually got him out in the 15th over and Ishan Kishan followed him in the 17th over. Regular wickets took a toll on the run rate as MI managed 121 runs after 17 overs.
Pollard too couldn’t stay till the end and got out after scoring 21 off 15 balls, thanks to some superb bowling from Lockie Ferguson. Mumbai Indians eventually managed to score 155 runs in the first innings.
Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Kolkata Knight Riders tore apart MI’s pace attack in the powerplay overs in the second innings. Both Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer came out with a fearless approach and only dealt in boundaries. KRR scored 30 runs in the first two overs.
Bumrah came into the attack early in the third over and struck immediately. He sent Shubman Gill back to the pavilion on his last ball of the over to seize the momentum back. However, it didn’t have any effect on KKR’s approach.
Venkatesh Iyer kept hitting boundaries at will and Rahul Tripathi complimented him brilliantly. Both scored runs at a brisk pace as the duo helped KKR score as many as 63 runs in the powerplay.
Rohit tried all options but the KKR duo was just unstoppable. Venkatesh Iyer got out in the 12th over off Bumrah after scoring 53 off just 30 balls, however, the match had slipped out of MI’s hands by then.
KKR had scored 128 runs after 12 overs and needed only 28 runs in 8 overs. Kolkata Knight Riders, eventually, chased down the total in 15.1 overs. Rahul Tripathi starred with the bat, playing an unbeaten 74-run knock off 42 balls.