Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians: The defending champions proved yet again as to why they are the most successful IPL team.
During the fifth match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Chennai, Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in a remarkable fashion.
Chasing a below par 153-run target, Knight Riders gained a significant advantage on the back of a 72-run opening partnership between Nitish Rana (57) and Shubman Gill (33).
It was in the ninth over that Gill played a rash shot off Mumbai spinner Rahul Chahar to not just become the first Knight Rider to get out but also commence a disastrous pattern of their batsmen gifting their wickets away.
The fact that no other Kolkata’s batsman reached the double figures didn’t speak very highly about their effort at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. With Indians captain Rohit Sharma also putting on display a fantastic captaincy performance, KKR just didn’t find any momentum in the second half of the innings.
When Knight Riders vice-captain Dinesh Karthik (8*) and all-rounder Andre Russell (9) were batting in the middle, it appeared to be a cakewalk for them with the required run rate being in vicinity of 6. Having said that, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and Trent Boult just didn’t allow them to score runs.
With bowling figures of 4-0-17-4, Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for Indians as it was him who dismissed the first four opposition batsmen tonight.
Twitter reactions on Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians:
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 13, 2021
Disappointing performance. to say the least @KKRiders apologies to all the fans!
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 13, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 13, 2021
MI to KKR- Dekha aapne laparwahi ka.natija.
To defend 31 from 30 balls with 7 wickets of the opposition in hand is something which not many sides can defend. Brilliant bowling display from @mipaltan .#MIvsKKR pic.twitter.com/dIdd603wKL
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 13, 2021
What a fight to the end by Mumbai Indians! Great comeback! And that last over from Boult! Feel like I come here every night to type ‘it went down to the wire’ 😂 got to love IPL. Congrats MI. #KKRvMI #IPL2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 13, 2021
This has been classic KKR against Mumbai. #IPL2021
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) April 13, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 13, 2021
What champion sides are made of showed by @mipaltan again.brilliant come back in the game. Top win
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 13, 2021
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