MI vs KKR: Mumbai Indians smash Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets for fifth consecutive win | Cricket news
An orderly bowling effort by the Mumbai Indians ensured that KKR was limited to 148 for five after an undefeated 53 by spearhead Pat Cummins.
The defending champs then rode on a 44-ball 78 * from Quinton de Kock to chase the target with 3.1 overs to spare.
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De Kock, who hit nine fours and three sixes and captain Rohit Sharma (35 of 36 balls), laid the groundwork for the resounding victory with his 94-run tier in the first wicket.
The two starters led the KKR’s attack on the cleaners, with De Kock being the most aggressive. The South African scored his fifty on just 25 balls, with a square leg max.
It rained limits for Mumbai as the two dominated the KKR bowling attack.
A complete win for @mipaltan here in Abu Dhabi. They win by 8 wickets against # KKR.Quinton de Kock remai… https://t.co/b9TEFZzLfp
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Pacer Prasidh Krishna (0/30) faced his worst, conceding three fours in the third over and de Kock followed suit by hitting Cummins (0/28) for two consecutive fours, both pull shots, in the next.
De Kock kept shooting shots all over the park and was again brutal on Prasidh, who hit two fours and six, on lap seven, which brought Mumbai 16 runs.
KKR tried to turn things back by eliminating Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in quick succession, but De Kock enthusiastically continued his attack and took the team home in the company of Hardik Pandya (21 * on 11 balls), who played a small cameo.
Quinton de Kock is awarded Man of the Match for his winning 78 * loss in 44 deliveries. # Dream11IPL https://t.co/b0BHSsHbyn
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Previously, after a high-order failure, it was Cummins (53 * 36-ball 5×4; 2×6) and new boss Eoin Morgan (39 non-29-ball; 2×4; 2×6), who conjured 87 runs for the sixth uninterrupted wicket, to get KKR out of trouble after they staggered to 61-for-five in the 11th substitution.
By opting to hit, Kolkata lost starter Rahul Tripathi (7) early, courtesy of a sensational catch by Suryakumar Yadav on point, in the third off Trent Boult (1/32).
He became 33 for two when Nitish Rana (5) perished cheaply after de Kock caught him off Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/51) when a short ball worked for the Australian pacemaker in the sixth over.
Legs player Rahul Chahar (2/18) struck twice in the eighth over, removing young Shubham Gill (21) and Dinesh Karthik (4) from successive balls and cutting Kolkata to 42 for four.
While Gill holed Kieron Pollard for the long haul in an attempt to pick up the pace of the race, Karthik played on the stumps at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
KKR lost half their team by 61 while Andre Russell perished by 12. A Jasprit Bumrah goalie (1/22) did the trick when Russell threw a babysitter at De Kock.
Cummins crushed Nathan Coulter-Nile by a maximum of 2 fours in the 13th, who earned KKR 16 runs and then made optimal use of the life he got.
Cummins and Morgan added 53 in the final five overs, and were particularly brutal against Coulter-Nile, who leaked 51 runs in his four overs.