Kolkata Knight Riders put on yet another dazzling performance in Abu Dhabi, defeating champions Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
KKR smashed the 157-run mark with ease due to outstanding knocks from Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, and Shubman Gill. The two-time champions crossed the finish line in the 16th over to move up to fourth place on the points table.
It was how they batted that caught Mumbai entirely off guard, as Iyer and Gill (13) came out firing. The openers amassed 40 runs in three overs before Iyer and Tripathi added another 88 runs for the second wicket.
Iyer was the most destructive group. He scored the fastest fifty by a KKR batsman against MI in just 25 balls in his second IPL encounter. After scoring his first IPL fifty, he was dismissed for 53 off 30. Tripathi continued to attack, scoring 74 runs off 42 balls, including 8 fours and 3 sixes.
First ball against #Boult – SIX!
First ball against @AdamMilne19 – SIX!
First ball against @Jaspritbumrah93 – FOUR! #VenkateshIyer just smashed world class bowlers all around the park! What a performance from him and #KKR
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) September 23, 2021
Earlier, KKR bowlers held Mumbai to 156 for 6 in 20 overs after Eoin Morgan won the toss and put the opposition to bat.
MI got off to a blazing start, with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock putting on 78 for the first wicket in just 9.2 overs. However, things took a sharp turn when Sunil Narine bowled the MI skipper for 33 runs, ending the opening partnership.
De Kock made his 16th IPL fifty, but he couldn’t go on to make a huge score, falling to Prasidh Krishna for 55.
KKR in the second leg of IPL 2021:
Defeated RCB by 9 wickets ✔️
Defeated MI by 7 wickets ✔️
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From then on, none of the other batsmen got going as the KKR bowlers suffocated MI with regular wickets. Lockie Ferguson had 2 for 27 runs, while Prasidh Krishna had 2 for 47 runs.
For KKR, Ferguson delivered a fantastic penultimate over, dismissing Pollard and Krunal Pandya (12) for only six runs. MI scored 49 runs in the final five overs and 75 in the last ten overs.
KKR beat Mumbai Indians by 7 Wickets
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