Mumbai Indians are in a class of their very own in IPL 2020 because the four-time champions made light work of Kolkata Knight Riders in an eight-wicket victory in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Quinto de Kock (77 runs off 43 balls) — backed by MI skipper Rohit Sharma‘s 39 — turned the hero of the top-class efficiency after Mumbai Indians bowlers triggered a top-order collapse to limit KKR at 148/5. While Rahul Chahar did most of the harm with two massive wickets, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile took a wicket every to choke KKR for runs.
Defending the paltry complete, KKR bowling line and size left so much to be desired and had been duly punished by MI openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, who convey forth the 50 by the sixth over. They took a very good measure of the KKR bowlers; spewing 9 boundaries contained in the powerplay.
De Kock took management on the innings after the powerplay as he raced to his third IPL fifty of the season in simply 25 balls whereas Sharma performed second fiddle with 35 from the opposite finish.
The South African shot eight boundaries and two sixes in the 94-run stand which was ended by Shivam Mavi in the 11th over. The pacer acquired the MI skipper caught behind after Sharma shot 5 boundaries and a six in his innings.
Suryakumar Yadav (10 off 10) adopted shortly, however a quickfire knock of 11-ball 21 by Hardik Pandya ensured MI misplaced no additional wickets in the win with 21 balls to spare.
Batting first, KKR’s opening woes continued after Rahul Tripathi (7 off 9) was caught at level immaculately by Suryakumar Yadav in the third over of the innings with simply 18 runs on board.
This was quickly adopted by dismissals of Nitish Rana (5 off 6), opener Shubman Gill (21 off 23) and Dinesh Karthik (four off 8) as KKR had been in deep hassle at 43/four by the tip of eighth over. The latter two had been eliminated by wrist spinner Rahul Chahar off consecutive deliveries in the eighth over whereas Rana was caught behind of a bouncer by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the sixth over.
More distress awaited the purple-clad males as Andre Russell (12 off 9) fell to his nemesis Jasprit Bumrah, who stunned him with a brief supply. This meant half of the facet was again in pavilion as early as 11th over with simply 61 runs on the board.
The duo took the following six overs to take KKR previous the 100-mark and aptly paced the innings in the dying overs to take KKR to a combating.
Cummins was the preliminary aggressor of the stand; hitting 35 runs when the 50 partnership got here up in the 18th over. The Aussie all-rounder shot three boundaries and a six whereas Morgan held on to the opposite finish.
However the run didn’t precisely come till the final two overs when the duo shot 35 runs to take KKR to respectable 148/5, Cummins finishing his half century in due course of.