Mumbai Indians thrashed the Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs at the Eden Gardens. By this defeat, KKR’s wait to defeat Mumbai which was going since 1257 days will continue. It might be fulfilled next year only as these teams are unexpected to face each other again in this season.
The match started after Kolkata won the toss and opted to field first. They made two forced changes in their playing XI as Tom Curran and Rinku Singh came in place of Mitchell Johnson and Shubman Gill. Mumbai Indians played with an unchanged team.
MI openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav started well with the bat before the former got out in the last over of the powerplay for 18. After him, Rohit Sharma came in at number 3 where he played almost till the end of the innings for his knock of 36(31). Ishan Kishan played a blissful knock of 62 runs off just 21 deliveries for which he won the ‘Man of the Match’ later.
Quick knocks from Hardik Pandya and Ben Cutting helped MI post 210-6 on the board at the end of their 20 overs. Piyush was the most successful bowler for KKR with his match figures of 4-0-48-3. Sunil Narine was also good with the ball as was the most economical bowler for KKR.
Kolkata’s batsmen batted very disappointingly where they kept on losing at regular intervals. Though they got starts from Lynn, Uthappa and Rana buy those were never enough as they were chasing a huge total. At the halfway of the innings, they were reduced to 76-7 and remaining three wickets came a bit late as Curran and Chawla stayed on the crease to keep the run rate at check.
Six bowlers bowled for MI and everyone took at least one wicket where the Pandya brothers were leading wicket takers where they took two wickets each. This is Mumbai’s eighth consecutive win over KKR and also with this win, Mumbai move up to the fourth place in the Points Table. After such a massive win, even being at the fourth spot, they have the best run rate among all teams which will provide them a huge positive for the qualification in the playoffs.