ABU DHABI: The Mumbai Indians juggernaut rolled on unabated as they recorded their fifth straight win with an eight-wicket mauling of Kolkata Knight Riders within the IPL on Friday.
A tidy bowling effort by Mumbai Indians ensured that KKR had been restricted to 148 for 5 after an unbeaten 53 by tempo spearhead Pat Cummins.
Then, the defending champions rode on a blistering 44-ball 78* by Quinton de Kock, to chase down the goal with 3.1 overs to spare.
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De Kock, who struck 9 fours and three sixes and skipper Rohit Sharma (35 off 36 balls), laid the muse for the emphatic win with their 94-run first-wicket stand.
The 2 openers took the KKR assault to cleansers with de Kock being the extra aggressive one. The South African notched up his fifty in simply 25 balls, with a most over deep-square leg.
It rained boundaries for Mumbai as the 2 dominated the KKR bowling assault.
A complete win for the @mipaltan right here in Abu Dhabi. They win by eight wickets in opposition to #KKR.Quinton de Kock remai… https://t.co/b9TEFZzLfp
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Pacer Prasidh Krishna (0/30) confronted their brunt, conceding three fours within the third over and de Kock adopted that up by hammering Cummins (0/28) for 2 successive fours, each pull pictures, within the subsequent.
De Kock stored enjoying pictures throughout the park and was once more brutal on Prasidh, whom he hit for 2 fours and a six, within the seventh over, which fetched Mumbai 16 runs.
KKR tried to drag issues again by eradicating Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in fast succession, however de Kock continued his onslaught with gusto and took the aspect house within the firm of Hardik Pandya (21* off 11 balls), who performed a small cameo.
Quinton de Kock is adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 78* off 44 deliveries.#Dream11IPL https://t.co/b0BHSsHbyn
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Earlier, after a top-order failure, it was Cummins (53* off 36 balls 5×4;2×6) and new skipper Eoin Morgan (39 not out off 29 balls; 2×4; 2×6), who conjured 87 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket, to drag KKR out of bother after they had been reeling at 61 for 5 within the 11th over.
Opting to bat, Kolkata misplaced opener Rahul Tripathi (7) early, courtesy a sensational catch by Suryakumar Yadav at level, within the third over off Trent Boult (1/32).
It turned 33 for 2 as Nitish Rana (5) perished cheaply after he was caught by de Kock off Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/51) as a brief ball labored for the Australian pacer within the sixth over.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2/18) struck twice within the eighth over, eradicating the younger Shubham Gill (21) and Dinesh Karthik (4) off successive balls and diminished Kolkata to 42 for 4.
Whereas Gill holed out to Kieron Pollard at long-on in an try to speed up the run-rate, Karthik performed onto the stumps on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
KKR misplaced half their aspect for 61 as Andre Russell perished for 12. A bouncer from Jasprit Bumrah (1/22) did the trick as Russell lobbed off a sitter to de Kock.
Cummins smashed Nathan Coulter-Nile for 2 fours and a most within the 13th over, which fetched KKR 16 runs after which made optimum use of a life he obtained.
Cummins and Morgan added 53 within the final 5 overs, and so they had been notably brutal in opposition to Coulter-Nile, who leaked 51 runs in his 4 overs.