- With another stunning victory, the Kolkata Knight Riders have moved into the top four.
- Mumbai Indians have dropped to 5th place in IPL points table.
- Venkatesh Iyer (53) and Rahul Tripathi (74 not out) help KKR reach the goal of 156 in 15.1 overs.
On Thursday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 7 wickets where Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer scored 74 and 53 runs, respectively.
With this win, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have risen to fourth position in the premier league points table, while the Mumbai Indians have fallen to fifth.
Prior to this game, KKR had only six victories in 28 games versus MI, but Iyer and Tripathi helped the franchise turn things around.
KKR got off to a quick start in their chase of 156, with Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer combining for 40 runs in three overs. The opening partnership, though, was cut short when Jasprit Bumrah bowled Gill (13) in the third over of the game. KKR’s score at the end of the powerplay was 63/1, with Iyer putting all efforts to achieve the target.
Iyer and Tripathi continued their annihilation, with both batsmen scoring half-centuries. Both batsmen gathered 88 runs for the second wicket, but Bumrah ended it when he sent Venkatesh Iyer (53) back to the pavilion with Kolkata 28 runs away from victory.
Tripathi (74*) and Nitish Rana (5*) eventually led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to victory by 7-wickets with 29 balls to spare.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock’s 55-run contribution helped Mumbai Indians achieve 155/6 in their allotted twenty-over against KKR.
The Mumbai Indians batted first and got off to a fast start, with openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma scoring 56 runs in the first six overs. Sunil Narine bowled Rohit out in the tenth over after he and de Kock had piled up 78 runs for the first wicket (33).
Suryakumar Yadav, who batted at number three, failed to create an impression, scoring only five runs. Prasidh Krishna returned him to the pavilion. De Kock (55) was also removed two overs later, and Mumbai Indians were reduced to 106/3 in the 15th over.
Ishan Kishan (14) may have hit a big six off the bowling of Andre Russell, but he was bowled out by Lockie Ferguson in the next over. In the end, Kieron Pollard hit 21 runs off 15 balls to push Mumbai’s total beyond 150.