Mumbai Indians, who began their season with a loss in the IPL 2020, made a spectacular comeback in the second match. Not only this, but it is also the team’s first win in the UAE. Earlier, they had to face defeat in six matches played in the UAE. Mumbai Indians defeats Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs in the fifth match i.e. KKR vs MI, played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians (MI) scored 195 for 5 with the help of skipper Rohit Sharma’s blistering 80-run (54 balls) innings. After this, Mumbai’s bowlers stunned the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a score of 149 for 9 wickets.
Great Batting By Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians showed extreme aggression against Chennai but their batsmen played good shots against Kolkata Knight Riders. After losing the toss, Mumbai Indians scored 195 runs, batting first. However, the first blow to the Mumbai’s team came at just 8 runs when Quinton De kock was out for 1 in 3 balls.
After this, Rohit Sharma led the innings with Surya Kumar Yadav. Both of them shared a 90-run partnership, but Surya Kumar Yadav got run out after scoring 47 runs in 28 balls. The third blow to the team was in the form of Saurabh Tiwari, who was dismissed for 21 runs off 13 balls.
Hitman Rohit Sharma scored his first IPL 2020 fifty but later got caught by Pat Cummins off Shivam Mavi. The team got the 5th blow in the form of Hardik Pandya, who scored 18 runs and got hit-wicket out. Kieron Pollard was unbeaten on 13 runs and Krunal Pandya scored 1 run for Mumbai.
The Hitman Shows His Strength
The Hitman, Rohit Sharma, was seen in a great form on Wednesday. The right-hand batsman was seen hitting some big shots for the team. It was he who, along with Surya Kumar Yadav, led the innings for the Mumbai Indians. Both Of them shared a 90-runs partnership for the 2nd wicket.
Rohit Sharma showed his favorite pull shots and scored his first fifty in the IPL 2020. He completed his half-century with the help of 1 four and 4 sixes in 39 balls. He continued his game and hits 80 runs in 54 balls with the help of 3 fours and 6 sixes.
KKR’s Poor Bowling, Cummins Proved To Be Expensive
KKR won the toss and started spell with Sandeep Warrier and Shivam Mavi instead of Cummins. Where Rohit hit a six in the first over of Warrier, Surya Kumar scored four boundaries in his (Sandeep) next over.
KKR’s most expensive player Pat Cummins proved to be expensive in bowling. He took 49 runs in three overs. Young Shivam Mavi impressed and took two wickets for 32 runs. Sunil Narine took one wicket for 22 runs.
Mavi Impressed With His Bowling
While Rohit hit a six in the first over of Warrior, Suryakumar hit four boundaries in his second over, but Mavi not only finds a maiden but also forced Quinton de Kock (one) to give a waving catch in the air. Cummins came to bowl in the 5th over. On his short pitch balls, Rohit showed his mastery of the pull shot and hit two sixes. The same lesson was taught to Andre Russell.
Narine Remains Neutral
Narine also failed to impress in his over and Kuldeep Yadav came on the attack in the 8th over. Suryakumar hit his first six on him. Kuldeep and Narine then controlled from here. In the next four overs, the ball did not go to the boundary line, and meanwhile, Suryakumar was run out in an attempt to steal the second run. Rohit then completed his 61st half-century in T20 off 39 balls and then hit two sixes in Kuldeep’s last over.
Saurabh Tiwari (21 off 13 balls), who hit a six in Cummins’ second spell, made an easy catch at long-off in Narine. Narine conceded only 11 runs in his final three overs but Cummins did not control his balls. Hardik hit two fours and three sixes. Dinesh Karthik had to deliver the ball to Russell in his place but in the meantime, Rohit gave a waving catch to Mavi’s ball.
Kolkata’s Innings, Openers Were Flopped
Kolkata Knight Riders got off a poor start while chasing a huge score of 196 runs. Trent Boult builds pressure on Kolkata by throwing the first over as a maiden. In the third over of the innings, he gave the first blow as Shubman Gill. Gill got caught by Pollard at 7 runs. He tried to play a pull shot but ended his innings with a brilliant catch by Kieron Pollard.
Narine Seems Helpless
Sunil Narine has performed brilliantly for Kolkata Knight Riders as an opener in the last few seasons. But scoring on this wicket was not easy. Especially if the bowling is done on the right line and length. Soon Narine was taken by James Pattinson.
Narine went to play the pull off James Pattinson but the ball took the upper edge of the bat. The wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock jumps and take a good catch. He scored 9 runs of 10 balls.
Karthik And Rana Supported Kolkata
Captain Dinesh Karthik, along with Nitish Rana, tried to bring Kolkata’s innings back on track. Both added 46 runs for the 3rd wicket. However, they could not maintain the run-rate. Karthik scored 30 off 23 balls and became the victim of leg-spinner Rahul Chahar. At this point in time, the team’s score was 71 runs in 10.1 overs.
The team needed 125 runs off the last 59 balls. In the very next over, Rana, who scored 24 off 18 balls, caught by Hardik Pandya off Kieron Pollard, who was playing his 150th IPL match for Mumbai Indians.
Morgan And Russell Can’t Do The Magic
Eoin Morgan has played a number of great innings for England in the limited-overs format. Apart from Morgan, the Kolkata team was expected to have charisma from their star batsman Andre Russell. But both of them could not stand in front of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.
This Mumbai Indians star bowler sent all the hopes of Kolkata out of the ground in a single over. He first had Morgan caught by De Cock and then bowled Russell.
Cummins Tried Hard In The End
Pat Cummins showed some hands at the end of the innings. The Australian bowling all-rounder, who did not perform effectively in bowling, hit four sixes off Jasprit Bumrah’s balls in the 18th over. He added a total of 27 runs in this over. However, it was quite late by then.
IPL 2020 Match Highlights KKR vs MI
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