Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, MI vs KKR: Quinton de Kock blasts off MI to victory against KKR by 8 wickets
In the 32nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8 wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Quinton de Kock's undefeated knock of 74 runs 44 off balls helped MI to have a successful chase against KKR tonight. Aided by the new skipper Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins's brilliant partnership, KKR gave a low target of 149 runs for the MI to chase after a slow start tonight. With tonight's win against KKR, MI Indians are now back to the top points table of the 13th edition of IPL after dethroning Delhi Capitals (DC). MI bowlers dominated the KKR's batting line-up, with Rahul Chahar being the most successful bowler for the MI and grabbed 2 wickets. Hardik Pandya's explosive cameo of undefeated 21 runs off 11 balls helped MI in securing a successful chase against KKR tonight.
After Dinesh Karthik stepped down from the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders, it was Eoin Morgan's first match as the Skipper of KKR tonight. Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. KKR had a bad start with the early wickets of openers Rahul Tripathi and Shubhman Gill tonight. While Tripathi lost his wickets after making just 7 runs, Gill played an innings of 21 runs off 23 balls tonight. The next 2 batsmen in line, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik also lost their wickets after making 5 and 4 runs, respectively. Eoin Morgan came to the crease to rescue KKR after a great start but took his time to adjust whereas, Andre Russell lost his wicket after making 12 runs off 9 balls tonight. Morgan and Pat Cummins's brilliant partnership helped KKR in setting a low target of 149 runs for the MI to chase. While Morgan played an innings of undefeated 39 runs off 29 balls, the Cummins played an explosive knock of undefeated 53 runs off 36 balls. Rahul Chahar shined for the MI as he grabbed 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs tonight while also being the most economical bowler of the lot.
Mumbai Indians had a good start aided by Skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock's amazing partnership tonight. While the skipper played an innings of 35 runs off 36 balls, the de Kock played explosively and made undefeated 74 runs off 44 balls aided by 3 sixes and 9 fours tonight. After the skipper's wicket, Suryakumar Yadav came to the crease to support de Kock in MI's chase against KKR tonight. Yadav played an innings of just 10 runs off 10 balls tonight. Hardik Pandya joined de Kock in chasing down the KKR's target with his knock of 21 runs off 11 balls tonight. Quinton de Kock shined as his undefeated knock of 74 runs helped Mumbai Indians in grabbing an easy victory against Kolkata Knight Riders tonight by 8 wickets. Varun Chakravarthy remained the most successful bowler for the KKR, with him grabbing a wicket while also being the most economical in his spell of 4 overs.