Quinton De Kock’s dominating 78 runs powers Mumbai Indians to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the 32nd match of the Indian Premier League. With this win, MI secure the number one position on the points table.
Mumbai started their below-par run chase against KKR on a higher note as the openers De Kock and Rohit Sharma conjured 94 runs for the first wicket. The threatening partnership which was looking forward to chasing down the target without losing a single wicket was finally broken by Shivam Mavi when the captain was caught behind the stumps for 35 runs to an outswinging delivery by the young bowler. The wicket-keeper batsman de Kock had no intention of returning to the pavilion and made small partnerships with Suryakumar Yadav (10) and Hardik Pandya (20*) which eventually took his team over the finish line.
After winning the toss, the Knight Rider’s new captain Eoin Morgan chose to bat. Kolkata had an underwhelming powerplay, they could only manage to score 33 runs with the loss of two wickets . Nitish Rana (5), Dinesh Karthik (4) and Andre Russell (12) couldn’t contribute much with the bat in the middle overs and they were losing wickets at regular intervals. In the second half of KKR’s batting, captain Morgan (39) and Pat Cummins (53) stitched an 87 run partnership and put up a respectable score on the board.
For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets and just gave 18 runs in his allotted four overs. Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile pocketed one wicket each and restricted the Knight Riders to a below-par score. Mumbai’s left-hander wicket-keeper Quinton was adjudged the Man of the Match for his splendid half-century.