KKR’s bowlers secure victory by defending 169 at Wankhede

KKR’s bowlers secure victory by defending 169 at Wankhede

In a rare, sub-200 thriller, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians to solidify their position in the top four while securing their first points at the venue since the 2012 season. KKR experienced a batting collapse initially, but Venkatesh Iyer’s resilient innings propelled them to 169 on a fresh, tacky pitch. Mitchell Starc starred with both the initial and final breakthroughs, while the spinners wreaked havoc in the middle overs, despite Suryakumar Yadav’s valiant effort.

Where was the game won?

MI faced a shaky start, but Suryakumar carried them into the death overs, needing 51 off 30 balls. However, his dismissal in the 16th over triggered a collapse from which MI couldn’t recover. Despite losing half their side during that period, KKR managed to accumulate crucial runs, providing their bowlers a defendable total.

Kolkata Knight Riders

PowerPlay: KKR’s top-order misreads ‘fresh’ Wankhede pitch

Phase score: 57/4 [RR: 9.50, 4s/6s: 7/3]

Nuwan Thushara picked three wickets in two overs as Phil Salt, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, and Shreyas Iyer fell quickly. Salt’s dismissal involved a fine catch from Tilak Varma despite a collision with a teammate, while the next two dismissals resulted from the ball holding up off the pitch, forcing mistimed shots. Sunil Narine started with a six but lost his wicket on the next ball.

Middle overs: Venkatesh Iyer, Manish Pandey stabilize

Phase score: 71/1 [RR: 7.89, 4s/6s: 4/2]

Rinku Singh’s dismissal led to Manish Pandey’s introduction as the impact substitute. Pandey and Venkatesh Iyer then orchestrated a careful recovery, capitalizing on Naman Dhir’s overs before targeting Gerald Coetzee and Bumrah. Venkatesh reached his fourth 50-plus score against MI, while Manish made the most of his rare opportunity with the franchise this year.

Death overs: Bumrah cleans up after Russell’s run-out

Phase score: 41/5 [RR: 8.48, 4s/6s: 1/4]

Taking pace off the ball continued to work as Hardik dismissed Pandey in the 16th over. Andre Russell provided late impetus but was run out due to a misunderstanding with Venkatesh. Bumrah then cleaned up the tail, with Venkatesh’s aggressive innings ending in the final over.

Mumbai Indians

PowerPlay: MI struggles early

Phase score: 46/3 [RR: 7.67, 4s/6s: 4/2]

Mitchell Starc dismissed Ishan Kishan, followed by Varun Chakravarthy removing Naman Dhir and Rohit Sharma falling to Sunil Narine.

Middle overs: Suryakumar Yadav leads the fightback

Phase score: 73/3 [RR: 8.12, 4s/6s: 7/2]

Despite Varun CV and Narine’s economical spells, Suryakumar tried to break free, but MI lost wickets regularly. Suryakumar’s onslaught against Vaibhav gave MI hope.

Death overs: Russell and Starc seal the deal

Phase score: 26/4 [RR: 6.78, 4s/6s: 0/2]

Russell’s crucial wicket of Suryakumar shifted the momentum, while Starc’s tight over further dented MI’s chase. Tim David’s efforts were in vain as Starc finished the game with a four-wicket haul.

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