Riding on a brilliant fifty from Venkatesh Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders produced a clinical performance for the second successive game since IPL’s resumption to beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets and move to the top-four in the points table.
Rookie Venkatesh Iyer’s Brilliance
Venkatesh Iyer (53 off 30), playing his second IPL game, displayed the wide range of his strokes alongside Rahul Tripathi (74 not out off 42) to enable KKR to chase MI’s modest total of 155 for six with as many as 29 balls to spare. The left-handed batsman smashed four boundaries and three sixes in his knock and scored at a strike rate of 176.67.
IPl 2021 Points Table (after match 34)
Mumbai Indians Innings
Quinton de Kock struck an entertaining 55 for MI before KKR bowlers bounced back in the last 10 overs, conceding 75 runs and taking five wickets. MI skipper Rohit Sharma scored (33 off 30) before Narine got his man for the ninth time in T20s, holing out to Shubman Gill at the boundary. KKR pulled things back between 10-15 overs, conceding only 26 runs and picked up two wickets.
Pollard, as he often does, came up with much needed big hits in the last five overs, including a flat batted six over mid wicket in Krishna’s 18-run over. Ferguson bowled a brilliant last over for KKR, removing the dangerous duo of Pollard and Krunal Pandya (12) at the cost of only six runs. MI collected 49 runs from the last five overs.
MI – Quinton de Kock -55, Rohit Sharma – 33; Jasprit Bumrah 3/43
KKR – Rahul Tripathi 74*, Venkatesh Iyer – 55; Sunil Narine – 1/20, Lockie Ferguson 2/27
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets