M32 : Mumbai thrashed Kolkata by 8 wickets
Mumbai Indians (MI) won the 32nd match of the 13th season of IPL in a bang. In Abu Dhabi on Friday night, Mumbai, along with new captain Eoin Morgan, defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team by 8 wickets. Mumbai achieved the target of victory by scoring 149/2 runs in 16.5 overs. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton De kock was instrumental in Mumbai's victory, scoring an unbeaten 78 runs (44 balls).
With this, Mumbai won a fifth consecutive victory. They also won the second match of this season against Kolkata. This was Mumbai's 8th match and topped the points table on the basis of better net run rate by scoring 12 points with a total of six wins. Delhi Capitals now slipped to second place. It was also the 8th match for Kolkata Knight Riders and it was their fourth defeat. They remains in fourth place.
Chasing a target of 149 runs, Mumbai got a great start by Rohit Sharma and Quinton De kock. Both added 94 runs in 10.3 overs. Rohit scored 35 runs. His wicket got to Shivam Mavi. After this, at the score of 111 fell the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav (10), he was returned by Varun Chakravarthy. De kock (78 not out) and Hardik Pandya (21 not out) led the team to victory.
Rohit-Dickock takes an aggressive stand
Chasing the target, Rohit and De Kock took an aggressive stance from the very first ball. Rohit opened the account on the first ball of the innings with a four against Chris Green. He then hit two consecutive fours in the second over of the Prasidh Krishna.
Now it was the turn of De kock, who welcomed Cummins for two consecutive fours in the fourth over. He hit the first six off Krishna's ball in the seventh over of the innings and then completed his half-century in 25 balls with a six against Russell in the ninth over.
Kolkata Knight Riders scored 148/5
Kolkata Knight Riders scored 148/5 after Pat Cummins' (53 not out) half-century innings after Mumbai Indians bowling and his 87-run unbroken partnership for the sixth wicket with captain Eoin Morgan (39 not out).
Cummins and Morgan added 35 runs in the last two overs to bring the team to a respectable score. Cummins hit two sixes and five fours in a 36-ball innings, while Morgan hit two fours and as many sixes in the 29-ball innings. Hours before the match, however, wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik stepped down from the post of KKR's captain, saying he would focus on batting.
He got the advantage of the tight bowling of Mumbai Indians with the wicket of Rahul Tripathi on the last ball of the third over. Fielding at the point, Suryakumar Yadav caught a brilliant catch by Rahul Tripathi off the ball of Trent Boult. Tripathi scored 7 runs in 9 balls. After this, Nitish Rana (7 runs), who came to bat, could not do anything special and in the fifth over, caught by wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock off the bowling of Coulter Nile.
Dinesh Karthik's bat failed once again
Free from the burden of captaincy, Karthik hit the last ball of Krunal Pandya in the 7th over, but after that Rahul Chahar, who came to bowl, showed the path of the pavilion to Shubman Gill and Karthik for two consecutive balls of the eighth over of the innings. Gill's catch was caught by Kieron Pollard, while Karthik bowled in trying to sweep. Gill scored 21 runs in 23 balls, while Karthik could contribute only four runs in 8 balls.
Andre Russell, who came to the crease to support Captain Morgan, hit a six off Krunal Pandya, but on Bumrah's bouncer, he caught by the wicketkeeper De Kock. After this, Pat Cummins, who came to bat, tried to speed up the run by hitting two fours and a six in the over of Coulter-Nile.
Cummins and Morgan strengthened
In this 13th over of the innings, 16 runs were scored. Morgan, however, struggled to score runs and he hit the first ball of the 17th over to take the team's score to 100. Cummins completed his half-century in 35 balls with a four off Coulter-Nile in the final over before that he hit a six and a four in the 19th over. Morgan also hit two sixes in final over.
For Mumbai, Rahul took four wickets for just 18 runs in four overs. Boult, Bumrah and Coulter-Nile had one success each. Coulter-Nile, however, managed 51 runs in four overs.