Mumbai Indians, the most the successful team in IPL history, have made a fantastic comeback in the tournament after beating KKR convincingly by 49 runs on Wednesday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
KKR perhaps lost the game in the first ten overs of the second innings. Both the openers, Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine didn’t last too long as they fell for 7 and 9 respectively. While there have been talks regarding sending Russell up the order, Dinesh Karthik’s promotion rather took everyone by surprise.
Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana formed a 46-run partnership for the third wicket. However, with a mammoth total to chase, the franchise expected them to score runs at a higher rate. Dinesh Karthik got out in the eleventh over after scoring a handy 23-ball 30.
Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan both failed to perform, thanks to a heart-warming spell by Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah’s spell ended Kolkata Knight Riders’ chances in the game as the Indian seamer got rid of both Morgan as well as Russell.
KKR, in the end, managed to muster up 146 in the second innings, thereby handing a 46-run victory to Mumbai Indians.
Rohit’s special powered Mumbai to 195 in 20 overs
Mumbai Indians put on a better show with the bat than the last match against CSK. Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharma gave his fans a special treat as he scored a sensational 80-run knock off 54 balls. He scored 3 fours and 6 sixes during his knock.
In-form batsman, Quinton de Kock couldn’t sprinkle his magic this time. He went back to the pavilion only after facing three deliveries. However, Suryakumar Yadav came to the rescue, who formed a great partnership with Rohit Sharma for the second wicket.
The duo mixed caution with aggression and pace the innings perfectly. Both timed their innings perfectly and kept moving at similar run-rate. Suryakumar, unfortunately, got out on 47 off 26 balls but did what his team needed him to.
Rohit Sharma anchored the innings and stayed around till the 17th over of the innings. Rohit Sharma was severe on the short balls, whacking a lot of deliveries to the deep-mid wicket boundary. Kolkata Knight Riders pulled it back a little in the final couple of overs with Mumbai Indians ending on 195 in the first innings.