Kolkata Knight Riders 148/5 in 20 overs (Pat Cummins 53, Eoin Morgan 39 ; Rahul Chahar 4-0-18-2, Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-22-1) lost to Mumbai Indians 149/2 in 16.5 overs (Quinton de Kock 78, Rohit Sharma 35 ; Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-23-1) by 8 wickets
As is the case usually, the bowlers set the tone for Mumbai. The pacers continued MI’s record of taking wickets in the powerplay. Rahul Chahar further piled on the misery for KKR, dismissing Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik off consecutive deliveries. That brought the Knight Riders’ two most dangerous batters with more than 12 overs to go. Not the best time to have Andre Russell in front of you, even if you have taken four wickets already. Russell seemed to be in no mood to build the innings with single and doubles, and played the only way he knows. Cue Jasprit Bumrah returning to bowl, and he completed the task that was asked of him. A terrific bouncer that followed Russell, who top edged it to the keeper. In a year where the norms have changed we saw another one here, Eoin Morgan played the supporting role to Pat Cummins, who is really coming into his own with the bat. The duo ensured that KKR atleast had a small chance going into the break..
KKR needed a few early wickets of their own, but Rohit Sharma and especially Quinton de Kock seemed to be in no mood to let them back in the match. de Kock seemed to be batting on a completely different pitch altogether, blazing his way to an unbeaten 78. KKR did dismiss Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav but it was too little too late. MI ultimately cruised to another victory.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Quinton de Kock
Pacers or spinners it didn’t matter, de Kock was a man on a mission. Perhaps to make amends for his dropped catch of Cummins in the 18th over which pushed KKR from a probable total of 135 to close to 150. Just a couple of games back, questions were being asked of de Kock’s place in the side, and he has turned his game around since then. Mumbai’s bowlers had the game won by the innings break, but the wickets were shared around which meant that none of them could be given the man of the match trophy outright.
Pat Cummins, the batsman
Cummins hasn’t been great with the ball so far and in another case of role reversal, Cummins has been better than Russell with the bat and vice versa with the ball. He didn’t take them anywhere close to a winning score, but a 148 at least gave them a reason to come out and fight post the innings break. If MI had dismissed him early, KKR could have scored less than the paltry 112 that they could manage against RCB.
Mumbai went in with Nathan Coulter-Nile, originally slated to be in the playing eleven, instead of James Pattinson after the latter’s expensive outing in the previous match. Mumbai is in a position where they can afford to experiment, and get some games under some of their bench’s legs. Three of the five bowlers today conceded less than a run a ball, Trent Boult was not too expensive either. The only thing that sticks out like a sore thumb from this match is Coulter-Nile’s figures – 4 overs for 51. Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, and even the wicketless Krunal Pandya were all the brilliant with the ball. The fact that they’re racking up all this wins primarily using five bowlers is quite impressive, but it doesn’t look Hardik Pandya will bowl this season. Are they selling themselves short by not using the sixth bowler regularly, in case one of the regulars go for runs, or get injured in the middle of an important game? Those are questions that will be on the captain’s mind, irrespective of how good his bowlers have been.
WHO DO THEY FACE NEXT
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders on October 18th (Sunday) at Abu Dhabi – 3:30pm
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab on October 18th (Sunday) at Dubai – 7:30pm