Abu Dhabi: Rookie Venkatesh Iyer left many in awe of his expertise as Kolkata Knight Riders produced a scientific efficiency for the second successive sport since IPL’s resumption to tame the mighty Mumbai Indians by seven wickets and enter the top-four within the factors desk right here on Thursday.
Iyer (53 off 30), taking part in his second IPL sport, displayed the wide selection of his strokes alongside Rahul Tripathi (74 not out off 42) to allow KKR to chase MI’s modest whole of 155 for six with as many as 29 balls to spare.
Quinton de Kock struck an entertaining 55 for MI earlier than KKR bowlers bounced again within the final 10 overs, conceding 75 runs and taking 5 wickets.
Shubman Gill and Iyer gave KKR one other flying begin with the primary two overs bowled by Trent Boult and Adam Milne going for 15 runs every.
Gill flicked Boult for a pleasant six whereas Iyer pulled the New Zealand tempo spearhead to set the tone for the remainder of the innings.
Whereas Jasprit Bumrah discovered Gill’s stumps within the third over, Iyer went on to play a memorable knock comprising 4 boundaries and three sixes.
Iyer and Tripathi shared an 88-run stand for the second wicket which fully shut the door on MI, who suffered their second loss since IPL’s resumption.
Earlier, MI skipper Rohit Sharma (33 off 30) acquired off the innings in scintillating trend, caressing a Nitish Rana supply on to the mid-off boundary. The skipper, who was in chic contact within the Exams in England, had not performed the opening sport towards CSK.
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya didn’t begin as soon as once more, elevating questions on his health.
Rohit took the assault to thriller spinner Varun Charkravarthy with two consecutive fours in opening two deliveries of the fourth over.
De Kock was to not be left behind as he matched his skipper stroke for stroke, pulling a Lockie Ferguson supply over the fence for the primary most of the match.
Launched into the assault within the sixth over, Prasidh Krishna was taken to process by de Kock, hitting the medium pacer twice over the fence to choose up 16 runs from his first over as MI cantered to 56 for no loss.
De Kock appeared unstoppable as he welcomed Andre Russell with consecutive fours. Morgan bowled out trump card Chakravarthy by the eleventh over (4-0-22-0) with MI not dropping a wicket towards him.
Sunil Narine was additionally tidy making a gift of solely 20 runs in 4 overs.
With de Kock going hammer and tongs, Rohit performed the second fiddle and scored 33 runs off 30 balls earlier than Narine acquired his man for the ninth time in T20s, holing out to Shubman Gill on the boundary.
KKR pulled issues again between 10-15 overs, conceding solely 26 runs and picked up two wickets.
Pollard, as he usually does, got here up with a lot wanted huge hits within the final 5 overs, together with a flat batted six over mid wicket in Krishna’s 18-run over.
Ferguson bowled a superb final over for KKR, eradicating the harmful duo of Pollard and Krunal Pandya (12) at the price of solely six runs.
MI collected 49 runs from the final 5 overs.