Krunal (1/13 in 4 overs) and Chahar (4/27 in 4 overs) were brilliant at checking the run flow after a 72-run opening stand between Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill.
Published: April 13, 2021 11:43 PM |
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Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Nitesh Rana during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tuesday April 13, 2021. (Photo | IPLT20)
CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders did an amazing job of orienting themselves when spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya from Mumbai joined on Tuesday have won an unlikely 10-run win in an IPL encounter here.
With a goal of 153, KKR was on the right track, reaching 122 for 4 in their 15th game before the last five had only 20 runs since they came up breathtakingly short and gave the defending champions their first win.
Krunal (1/13 in 4 overs) and Chahar (4/27 in 4 overs) were out after a 72-run opening stand between Nitish Rana (57 47 balls) and Shubman Gill (33 of 24 balls) brilliant at checking run flow).
But it was Jasprit Bumrah (0/28) and Trent Boult (2/27) who were great at death and kept Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik under control in a game that will be talked about for years to come, esp especial about how KKR surrendered.
Required to show a reasonable approach, it was sort of a hara-kiri of the KKR strike unit as they were limited to 142/7 to continue their miserable record with MI.
Just when KKR had to play it sensibly at a run rate under seven they seemed to commit Harakir and lost another in Shakib, this time Krunal Pandya joined the party for MI.
Krunal threw an exceptional 18th over just three runs when the duo of Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell struggled to get going before Bumrah put more pressure on in the penultimate game.
It was a tough one for KKR and Trent Boult, Russell and Pat Cummins in consecutive games Dismissing balls to fix the problem.
Previously, Andre Russell had a turning point when he got to the Bowl in the 18th when his top 5 for 15 career helped Kolkata Knight Riders blow out Mumbai Indians for 152 .
Eoin Morgan’s clever Ka pitän showed himself to the full when he used his resources perfectly to stifle MI in midfield after Suryakumar Yadav threatened to take control with his 36-ball 56.
The English skipper who won the world championship , put Pat Cummins cleverly in the middle when the Aussie returned at 2/24, but Russell certainly thought the feat was the fag end when MI lost the last seven wickets for 37 runs.
Russell became first came on after Cummins finished his spell on the 16th when the Jamaican made perfect use of the platform, dismissing Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar in the last four balls en route to his milestone.
But it was Shakib-Al-Hasan, who deserves the same credit for stopping the run-flow when the Bangladeshi left-wing weirdo dismissed Suryakumar in the eleventh game and changed the look of the innings.
Suryakumar was in the middle en in an inning belt, smashing two sixs and seven fours to get them off a sluggish start when MI was halfway balanced at 81/1.
He was on a roll against Prasidh Krishna, creaming the Seaman for a six and chased it for consecutive limits.
Suryakumar then started for a maximum of 99 yards in Pat Cummins, who landed on the Chepauk roof to cross to a 33-ball fifty, his 12th at the IPL.
Before he could make it big, he got Shubman Gill out of a skier.
And from the next ball on, Cummins set a perfect trap for Ishan Kishan with a bouncer that the little left-handed man straight to the Square leg outfield player pulled.
When Prasidh runs leaked, the spin duo of Varun and Shakib managed to keep the duo of Rohit and Hardik calm in the middle overs as they only had 33 runs of 10-15 Overs scored.
Looking for a breakthrough he brought Morgan retired his spearhead Cummins, who fulfilled his expectation to clean up Rohit with an offcutter, and in the next game Prasidh fired Hardik to break MI’s backbone.
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