The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets on Friday. Opening batsman Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi smashed 53 and 74 runs, respectively. This was one of the very rare instances that Mumbai lost to Kolkata in a IPL match, as MI has dominated KKR over the years. This was only the 7th time KKR managed to win against MI out of 29 matches played between them.
After winning the toss, KKR captain opted to field first. With Rohit Sharma back in the team, Mumbai Indians had a blistering start. The opening pair of Hitman and de Kock added 78 runs for first wicket in 9.2 overs, until Narine delivered the breakthrough for KKR, as Rohit got trapped into Narine’s ball. After that nothing went well for the five-time champions as they started to lose wickets at regular intervals. Quinton de Kock departed after scoring a well-made 55 runs in 38 balls. In the last overs, Pollard and Krunal Pandya made some quick runs and Mumbai Indians posted 155-6. Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna scalped two wickets each, while veteran Sunil Narine took 1 wicket by giving only 20 runs in 4 overs.
Chasing the target, KKR had a blazing start with opening pair Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill adding 40 runs for 1st wicket in 3 overs. Iyer has been a surprise package for the UAE leg. Earlier against RCB, he smashed 41 runs in 27 balls. For second wicket, Iyer had an 88-run partnership with Tripathi. Iyer did all the damage he could before getting out to Bumrah. KKR chased down the target in just 15.1 overs and won the match. KKR won the match with 29 balls left, which helped them boost their net-run-rate and made an entry into the top 4. While MI slipped to 6th on the points table. All three wickets were taken by Jasprit Bumrah.