MI, the defending champions, managed to defeat KKR led by Eoin Morgan by a wide margin of 8 wickets. The match played on 16/10/2020 was the 32nd match of the IPL2020 tournament.
After the attack of the MI fired in unison and kept KKR to 148 for 5 wickets, they sauntered to the given target with 8 wickets and 19 balls to spare in Abu Dhabi. They sealed their fifth victory.
Due to this result, there is a two-way tie at the IPL leader board o the top position. This is with the Delhi Capitals (DC).
KKR were reduced to 61 for 5 with Trent Boult finding a swing with the new ball, Dinesh Karthik and Shubam Gill were taken down by Rahul Chahar and JaspritBumrah was able to ace his match-up against Andre Russell.
Pat Cummins made his first half-century in T20 and was able to outscore the captain of the KKR, Eoin Morgan in a partnership of 87 runs off 56 balls.
The late charge gave the KKR something to bowl at and the target seemed to look smaller due to Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock managed to rattle off 51 in the power play.
KKR dig themselves into a hole:
KKR scrounged only 32 for 2 in the power play. Suryakumar Yadav removed Rahul Tripathi with an amazing diving catch for only 7 runs off 9 balls.
Gill gulped 10 dots off 23 deliveries that he faced and holed out for only 21. He was trying to clear the long-on. Karthik went for a 4 off 8 balls in the same over. At the time Bumrah bounced out Russell for 12, KKR were 5 down in the 11th over.
Cummin pull them out:
At the start of the final over of the innings, Morgan was on 23 runs off 25 balls. Cummins carted Coulter-Nile for four and then carted him off for 20 off 7 balls.
The off spinner, Chris Green was taken in place of Tom Banton. He took the new ball and found the required swing with his arm balls. The first delivery was short and wide. Sharma managed to put this away for four.
Sharma went after Prasidh Krishna, and hit him for fours back-to-back in the 3rd over.
MI have been slow starters but have managed to win six of the eight matches they have played and lead the points table. Rohit Sharma, the defending captain, has given a warning to the defencing champions against complacency and want the ‘ruthless’ approach they have adapted.
Rahul stated that he is well aware of the fact that the tournament can get funny and so the foot cannot be taken off the pedal at any given time.
The MI team bowlers executed the best laid plans once the team of the KKR elected to bat.
The 94-run stand between Rohit Sharma (35) and de Kock (laid the required foundation of the run-chase of the MI team.