A last-minute leadership change did not bring any change to Kolkata Knight Riders’ [KKR] fortunes against perennial nemesis, Mumbai Indians [MI], as they were subjected to yet another mauling- this time by 8 wickets- by the defending champions in Abu Dhabi.
Mumbai Indians [MI] have now won 21 of their 27 encounters against KKR- the most by any team against a single opponent. This was also their consecutive win of the tournament and they now once again claimed the numero-uno spot from the Delhi Capitals to further impinge their dominance in the cash-rich league.
Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] were never really in the game. A tentative start by their openers was soon followed by a procession of wickets that saw them lose their first five wickets for a mere 61 runs in the first 10 overs.
Ultimately, it was an 87-run-stand between Pat Cummins [53 not-out off 36 balls] and skipper Eoin Morgan [39 not-out off 29 balls] that helped KKR to stage some sort of recovery and eventually post 5-148 in 20 overs.
It didn’t matter though as MI made a mockery of the target thanks to some audacious strokeplay by the likes of Quinton de Kock [78 not-out off 44 balls], Rohit Sharma [35 off 36 balls], and then Hardik Pandya, who provided the finishing touches with a whirlwind 11-ball 21.
The tone to the run-chase was set by Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, who smashed 94 runs in a mere 11.3 overs. De Kock got a lucky escape early-on in his innings after his mistimed sweep was dropped by Varun Chakravarthy. De Kock made KKR pay big time, ensuring that he stayed till the very to see his side script yet another dominating win in the ongoing season.
Here’s how IPL 2020 points table is looking after MI’s eight-wicket win over KKR-