Kolkata Knight Riders scored their second straight win in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 while MI suffered their second consecutive loss.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 7 wickets
A comfortable victory by the Kolkata Knight Riders as they defeated might Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in IPL 2021 today. Like last game against RCB, KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer (55) once again shone with the bat scoring his maiden IPL fifty. Giving him able company was Rahul Tripathy (74 not out) whose beautiful shots all around the park were a delight to watch. For Mumbai, it was another disappointing night for the Boys in Blue as none of the bowlers baring Jasprit Bumrah made a mark. All three wickets went to Bunrah but he lacked support from his teammates. With this win, KKR shot a place above to fourth while Mumbai are down to sixth. KKR play their next against CSK on Sunday.
It's all over in Abu Dhabi as KKR romp home with more than four overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathy -- Take a bow. Two wins from two games for KKR in UAE leg of IPL 2021
Another wicket. Skipper Morgan goes for 7. Tripathy (67*) still in there. KKR need 9 runs from 34 balls.
The #KKR before the break were unrecognisable from this team. They are in serious contention now for a play-off spot— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2021
Out! Iyer departs after a brilliant 53, bowled by Bumrah. Tripathy (55*) still there. KKR 128/2 after 11.2 overs, need 28 runs in 50 balls.
Tripathi brings up his fifty with a six off Bumrah. What a player he is. KKR 123/1 after 11.1 overs.
Venkatesh Iyer races to his maiden IPL fifty with a double off Chahar. What a find he has been for KKR.
This KKR batting lineup is taking everyone by surprise. Both Iyer (48*) and Tripathi (43*) have been striking the ball well and are well ahead of the required run rate. KKR 110/1 after 10 overs.
Joining the party with Iyer (45*) is Tripathy (25*) -- playing his shots to perfection. KKR 85/1 after 8 overs.
Fifty up for KKR in just five overs. Iyer (30*) and Tripathi (7*) are in the middle. Can they relive the RCB magic?
Bumrah draws first blood for MI. Gill departs for 12. Tripathi comes in. Iyer (30*). KKR 40/1 after 3 overs.
Gill (7*) and Iyer (8*) start KKR chase in a solid way. KKR 15/0 after 1 over.
KKR bowlers led by Lockie Ferguson (2/27) produced a brilliant comeback to restrict Mumbai Indians to 155/6 in 20 overs in the IPL 2021 today. Batting first, Mumbai were off to a brilliant start by openers Rohit Sharma (33) and Quinton de Kock (55) stitched together 78 runs for the opening wicket. Despite, Rohit’s departure, De Kock held on one end with constantly finding boundaries and rotating the strike. However, with De Kock out in the 15th other, things looked a little pale for the five-time IPL champions as KK crawled back into the game with some tight bowling. Some late flourish from Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya helped MI cross the 150-run mark.
Two wickets in the final over. First, Pollard (21) falls short of crease and then Pandya (12). MI 155/6 after 20 overs.
Fourth wicket down for MI. Kishan goes for 14, caught by Russell, bowled by Ferguson. Pandya (0*), Pollard (7*). MI 121/4 after 17 overs.
It's Krishna again. The youngster dismisses dangerous De Kock for 55, caught by Narine. KKR slowly crawling back into the game. MI 106/3 after 14.5 overs/.
Fifty for De Kock in 37 balls. Well played. De Kock (54, )Kishan (5*). MI 101/2 after 14 overs.
Krishna gets the prized wicket of Suryakumar for 5, caught by Karthik. De Kock (47*). MI 89/2 after 12.2 overs.
Sunil Narine now has dismissed Rohit Sharma seven times in the history of the IPL.
Narine gives KKR a breakthrough. Rohit gone for 33. Suryakumar comes in the middle. De Kock (42*). MI 78/1 after 9.3 overs.
MI are in full control with Rohit (29*) and De Kock (29*) providing a perfect platform for the rest to come. MI 60/0 after 7 overs.
Rohit now has crossed 1000 IPL runs against KKR. The most by a player against any particular team. SRH's Warner is second in the list with 943 runs vs PBKS
Four boundaries for a Rohit so far. The captain looks in good nick. Rohit (26*), De Kock (13*). MI 40/0 after 5 overs.
Surprise! Rana opens the attack for KKR. Rohit (5*), De Kock (0*). MI 5/0 after 1 over.
Abu Dhabi is hot. There is a nice breeze is coming in nicely and it’s a new surface compared to the previous one. The pacers are going to have a good time bowling. The pitch has a little tinge of grass in it with some bounce. Batters might have a tough time tonight.
Rohit Sharma (MI): Feeling good to be back. We have just one change. Anmol who played so well unfortunately misses out.
Eoin Morgan (KKR): We bowled first in the first game and it worked for us. We are going for the same formula. No changes on our side.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
MI: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
KKR have won the toss and have opted to field
After Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi by nine wickets on September 20, West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell had said: "One down, six to go." KKR will look to keep that confidence and momentum going against defending champions Mumbai Indians when the former champions face-off in the UAE-leg of IPL 2021 tonight. KKR are lying sixth in the points table with three wins from eight matches while MI are fourth with four wins and as many defeats. Kolkata Knight Riders have a horrible record against Mumbai Indians. They have lost 12 of their last 13 meetings with MI and have a good chance to fix that trend if they reproduce the form they displayed against RCB. Mumbai Indians batting looked a bit rusty in their defeat against Chennai Super Kings. Their bowling came good but the batting, except Saurabh Tiwary, was below par. MI have a few fitness concerns. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya missed the clash against CSK. This will be KKR opener Shubman Gill's 50th IPL match. Follow live cricket scores of MI vs KKR here.
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