MI score 195/5 against KKR

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2020

Riding on a stupendous knock by captain Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 49 runs in their second IPL match to end their jinx of losing in the UAE on Wednesday.

Rohit Sharma (80) and Suryakumar Yadav (47) put on 90 for the second wicket in the Mumbai Indian's total.

Meanwhile, Rohit continued his brilliant batting and scored boundaries at regular intervals. Their planning and execution was spot on, with a majority of the Knight Riders' batsmen susceptible to a short-ball attack.

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Kolkata Knight Riders will welcome the return of Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton in their line-ups after their extended quarantine ended on September 22.

He picked the first ball of Cummins and pulled it towards the mid-wicket for the maximum result.

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"It is very unfair to judge him right now".

Karthik made 30 off 23 balls but played a reckless slog sweep against spinner Rahul Chahar just at the halfway mark and left Kolkata struggling at 3-71. "Maybe I was a bit exhausted in the end and it was a lesson for us that one set batsmen needs to bat deep till the end", Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "I trust him completely, I'm sure he will come good".

The million-dollar baby of IPL 2020, Pat Cummins (who was bought for INR 15.5 crores in the players' auction) was treated with utter disdain and he could not even finish his quota of four overs. While the heat and humidity made it hard but it was imperative to bat as long as possible after a six-month break, Rohit said.

"It was all about how we executed our plans today and it was all about being ruthless", he said.

Of the six New Zealand cricketers contracted in the IPL - being played in empty stadiums in the United Arab Emirates - Boult was the only one to see game time in the first full round. KKR got a lucky breakthrough in the 19 over as Hardik got out hit-wicket off Russell's bowling. "Just looked great and he has played great, but he has got the extra responsibility that some of those other players don't", Styris said.

"I think it was a pretty rusty day to be honest, I don't want to get too analytical about it but its OK the boys realised where they could have done better".

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