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MI produce a miraculous comeback against KKR to win by 10 runs

MI played KKR at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, after having lost their first game against RCB at the same venue. Before the match, MI had won 21 head-to-head games against KKR, out of their 27 previous meetings. In a battle of nerves, MI won against KKR yesterday and extended the head-to-head record to 22 victories. Let’s have a look at how things unfolded.

Trent Boult took 2 wickets in the final over | Image Source: Twitter.com

SKY High

It was MI’s turn to bat first. KKR started their bowling with an unorthodox tactic of giving the first 5 overs to spinners. This was rare for any T20 game. It was an excellent move though as Chepauk has a good turning track and Rohit Sharma has been vulnerable against spin in the past. KKR got their early success, getting the wicket of Quinton De Kock early on. After that, it was the Suryakumar Yadav show. SKY was in full flow and scored a brilliant 50. Rohit Sharma anchored the innings at the other end. Even capped bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Pat Cummins weren’t spared by SKY. After SKY lost his wicket, Ishan Kishan fell to a legside bouncer trap and got out trying to play a pull shot. Hardik Pandya was the next batsman in.

 

Russell Stings

Hardik Pandya and Rohit stabilized MI’s innings for some time. There was no big hitting at all. Pollard’s miserable form continued. In the death overs, the innings fell apart like a pack of cards. The only saving grace for MI was the few boundaries that Krunal Pandya hit towards the end of the innings. Andre Russell room a 5 wicket haul and saw MI off.  MI just managed to cross the 150-mark after the terrible batting woes.

 

A Solid Start

KKR got a solid start through Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill. With a 72 run opening partnership, KKR had reached almost halfway and appeared to be cruising. With MI spinners yet to bowl, KKR looked carefree.

 

4 Star Chahar

Things started getting problematic for KKR as soon as Rohit Sharma brought the spinners in. Rahul Chahar got Shubman Gill out and then he started picking wickets at regular intervals. Krunal Pandya attacked from the other end. Since Marco Jansen was getting hit, Rohit Sharma himself also bowled one over and Keiron Pollard got one. But both these overs were wasteful. Jansen himself would have been better off completing his 4. Chahar got the wickets of Gill, Tripathi, Morgan, and Nitish Rana.

 

Thunder Boom

It was the excellent bowling partnership of Bumrah and Boult in the death that sealed the day for the Mumbai Indians. With the excellent attack, these two dried up the runs for KKR. KKR couldn’t manage to chase even a small target. MI once again proved that they cannot be discounted and are 5-time IPL champions for a reason.

 

It was a terrible day for KKR. They lost a match that was totally in their grasp. There was a lot of backlash by the KKR fans on social media post the match. Even Shah Rukh Khan tweeted disappointingly. On the other hand, MI got two crucial points and now stands second in the table. Another match, another day. Till then…stay tuned.

 

Also Read: ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Decade

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