Mumbai Indians produced one of the closest wins in IPL 2021 as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs on Tuesday. It seemed like Mumbai Indians were on the brink of losing their second match in a row but it was the bowlers who did the job in the end for the skipper Rohit Sharma.
Playing their second game against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians were put on to bat after losing the toss. The side also saw the arrival of Quinton de Kock on the side who didn’t play in the first game due to quarantine protocols.
Mumbai Indians tripped on to a shaky start after losing Kock’s wicket in the 2nd overs of their innings. Skipper Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs off 32 balls stitched an evoking partnership with Suryakumar Yadav who looked menacing from the very first ball he faced.
Yadav scored 56 runs off 36 balls including seven boundaries and two sixes before getting caught by Shubman Gill of Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery in the 11th over.
From there on, KKR bowlers overtook the entire control of the first innings by not allowing a single MI batsman to even tick double digit. Andre Russell and Pat Cummins combinedly took 7 off MI’s wickets between 11-20 overs.
Russel alone took five wickets by conceding just 15 runs in his spell and almost missed his hattrick in the final over in which he inflicted three damages.
MI somehow managed to score 152 runs in 20 overs which was chasable for KKR owing to their impressive show with the ball. KKR started off the innings with the offensive approach, and scored 45 runs in the mandatory powerplay overs.
Overall, openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill gave a solid start to the side as they aggregated 72 runs for the opening stand. KKR looked solid until the 11th over, before their collapse began after Rahul Tripathi’s wicket fell.
It was leg-spinner Rahul Chahar who inflicted the biggest damage to KKR’s outing by cleaning their top four batsmen during his spell. He dismissed both the dangerous looking Rana (57 runs) and Shubman Gill (33 runs), followed by the priceless wickets of skipper Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi who wreaked havoc in the last game.
It was the usual KKR’s batting collapse in front of the mighty likes of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. KKR ended up with 15 runs to score in the final over which ultimately became a mammoth task when Trent Boult came into attack.
Dinesh Karthik failed to sail the team towards the win and Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match by 11 runs. Rahul Chahar was named the player of the match for his match-winning spell 4/27.