MI go to the top of the table with a thumping win over KKR!
Galatta | Oct 17, 2020, 12:05 am
The Match 32 of IPL 2020 was played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi, today! Even before the match began, there was a shcoking news from the KKR camp which gave out a statement that Dinesh Karthik had handed over the captaincy reins to Eoin Morgan, who is currently the second highest run getter of this season for KKR. Morgan won his very first toss as KKR captain and decided that KKR would bat first against MI. MI brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of Pattinson and KKR made two changes - bringing in Mavi and Green for Nagarkoti and Banton. KKR had a slow start but lost Tripathi in the 3rd over and Rana in the 6th over to finish the Powerplay on 33/2! The 8th over saw KKR lose both Shubman Gill and Karthik off consecutive balls to leave KKR in tatters at 43/4 off 8 overs. By the end of 10 overs, KKR were 57/4!
Russel departed for 12 runs in the 11th over, bringing Cummins to the crease. Cummins got going in the 13th over, taking 16 off Coulter-Nile. The MI bowlers kept things tight and unfortunately de Kock dropped Cummins off the last ball of the 18th over. He took full toll of the chance and reached 50 off the 20th over, which went for 21 runs and took KKR to 148/5. MI had been set a target of 149 to win their 5th consecutive game in IPL 2020! The Mi innings began with a bang as Rohit Sharma started off with a 4 off the very first ball. MI took full toll off the 3rd over by Prasidh Krishna for 14 runs and de Kock took the next over by Cummins for 9 runs. The asking rate went under 7 in the 5th over itself and MI were 51/0 at the end of their Powerplay. de Kock was the aggressor reached his half-century off just 25 balls!
At the end of 10 overs, MI were cruising at a comfortable 90, without losing any wickets! Shivam Mavi finally managed to get Rohit Sharma in the 11th over and after a couple of tight overs, Varun Chakravarthy got Suryakumar Yadav for 10, with a carrom ball! However, de Kock continued going strongly and he was paired with Hardik Pandya, who was promoted up the order. Pandya cracked the 15th over from Cummins for 15 runs and Mumbai Indians wrapped up their chase in the 5th ball of the 17th over and handed a thumping defeat to KKR by 8 wickets with 3.1 overs to spare. Quinton de Kock was judged the Player of the Match for his stellar effort to score a crackling 78 runs off just 44 balls! MI go to the top of the table with their 5th straight win.