In a fascinating contest, defending champions Mumbai Indians defended a below-par total against their favourite whipping boys, Kolkata Knight Riders and opened Indian Premier League (IPL) 20021 account on Tuesday. After posting 152, the five-time champions hit back in style to restrict Eoin Morgan's KKR to 142/7 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. KKR were in control for the most part of the chase with opener Nitish Rana playing a controlled knock of 57 runs from 47 balls. But once Rana's departure, KKR lost wickets in quick succession. Rahul Chahar took four wickets for 27 runs. Needing 15 from the last over, Trent Boult started with a single to Andre Russell. Then the Kiwi quick dismissed Russell and Pat Cummins off successive balls to effectively sealed the match. And at point, they need 31 needed off 30 with six wickets in hand. But somehow, they ended up losing by 10 runs. Earlier, Russell took a fifer with his best figures in T20 cricket (5 fo 15 in two overs) to restrict MI to 152 all out. Suryakumar Yadav hit 56 off 36 and skipper Rohit played a subdue knock of 43 from 32. Catch highlights and cricket scores of KKR vs MI match here:
11:21 PM IST: Result! Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in the fifth match of IPL 2021.
Mumbai Indians: 152 all out in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 56, Rohit Sharma 43; Andre Russell 5/15, Pat Cummins 2/24).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 142 for 7 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 57, Rahul Chahar 4/27).
9:18 PM IST: Sensational short spell from Andre Russell. Five wickets in two overs for just 15 runs and Mumbai Indians are all out for 152.
7:06 PM IST: KKR are unchanged. One change for MI with Quinton de Kock coming in for Chris Lynn. Here are the playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
7:02 OM IST: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan wins the toss and opts to bowl first against Mumbai Indians.
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