MI bowlers started really well with the fiery troika of Boult, Pattinson and Bumrah. Boult started with a maiden while Bumrah gave away just one run of his first over. Sunil Narine was peppered with a lot of short stuff and eventually succumbed to it. Shubhman Gill had already gotten out cheaply as KKR were reduced to 25-2 at the 5 over mark.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik and number four Nitish Rana consolidated and batted carefully. But that was the point where the match was slipping away from their hands as at the halfway stage, the required rate had risen up to 12.5 per over. Soon, DK and Nitish got out to Chahar and Pollard respectively and the dynamic duo of Morgan and Russell joined hands at the crease to try and achieve the mammoth task. Bumrah, came back to bowl a dream over as he castled the dangerous Russell with his typical yorker and got out Morgan as well two balls later.
Pat Cummins, after being smashed for a few sixes while he was bowling, returned the favour as he hammered Bumrah for four sixes in the 18th over of the match. Pattinson came back to dismiss Cummins and Chahar bowled the last over and took the wicket of Mavi as Mumbai won the match by 49 runs
Earlier in the match, MI didn’t have the greatest of starts to their batting as they lost de Kock for just one run to the young Shivam Mavi, who was bowling with a lot of fire. Mavi also bowled a rare maiden over. At number three, seasoned IPL batsman Suryakumar Yadav came and showed early signs of aggression. Captain Rohit Sharma wasn’t at his fluent best initially but he hung in there. But when Cummins came to bowl his first over, he was welcomed back to IPL with a couple of trademark pull shots from Rohit. Yadav too, went showed his class with a perfectly timed loft over extra cover off Kuldeep Yadav. The running between the wickets however, wasn’t very good as they failed to convert ones into twos, and once when they did try to do it, Yadav got run out, completely against the run of play.
Sunil Narine did a decent job with the ball in hand as he kept the runs in check and also picked up Saurabh Tiwary. Pat Cummins was having a terrible day already, and Hardik Pandya piled on the misery by smashing him for 14 runs of 4 balls. Mavi came back to bowl his second spell in the 18th over and picked up the prized wicket of Rohit, but the Hitman had already played a wonderful innings of 80 runs by then. Pandya brothers and Pollard couldn’t do much after that as Mumbai could manage only 28 runs of the last 3 overs to finish at 195-5 at the end of their stipulated 20 overs.
-- Jatin Shad