Kolkata Knight Riders began their campaign against four-time champions Mumbai Indians. KKR’s bowling attack were taken apart in the first innings following MI’s formidable first innings total of 195. Mumbai Indians never allowed the Knight Riders to assert their stance and ultimately grabbed the points after a 49-run win.
Dinesh Karthik opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the four overseas players fielded were Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins and Andre Russell. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, named an unchanged eleven for MI after their loss at the hands of CSK.
Quinton de Kock (1) was dismissed early off Shivam Mavi in the second over. Rohit Sharma (80), forged a solid stand with Suryakumar Yadav (47). The pair kept the scoreboard ticking with regular boundaries and smart batting. The pacers endured a nightmare including Pat Cummins who conceded 49 off his 3 overs.
Meanwhile, Sunil Narine held things well with a tight spell of 1-21. However, his spin partner Kuldeep Yadav had a horrid outing after a wicketless spell of bowling yielding 39 runs.
KKR managed to stop the scoring spree following quick wickets near the end of the innings. One of which included a freak dismissal where Hardik Pandya was adjudged hit wicket. The all-rounder knocked a bail off after his bat struck the stump. A short cameo by Kieron Pollard helped MI inch near the 200-run mark.
Kolkata Knight Riders struggled to make a mark in the chase
MI were on point with their plans in the powerplay. The new-ball pair of Trent Boult and James Pattinson executed their intention to perfection. Boult began the innings with a maiden which was followed up with the wickets of both the openers Shubhman Gill and Sunil Narine.
Gill was a victim to a relatively soft dismissal while Narine’s stay ended with a stunning grab by de Kock behind the stumps.
While skipper Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana stitched a vital 45-run stand, Rahul Chahar struck right after the break to trap Karthik right in front.
KKR lost their course in the chase with a collapse triggered by the mounting required rate. Jasprit Bumrah removed the struggling Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell in a single over to strengthen MI’s cause.
Blows from Pat Cummins, in the end, proved to be too late as MI wrapped up the match with a comfortable 49-run victory.
MI 195-5 (20 overs) (R.Sharma 80; S.Mavi 2-32)
KKR 146-9 (20 overs) ( P.Cummins 33; J.Pattinson 2-25)