The four-time IPL title winners(Mumbai Indians) are in pressure to make their maiden victory tonight. But Dinesh Karthik led KKR with a powerful team set to make their entry in IPL 2020 with a victory.
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) vs Mumbai Indians(MI)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Toss Details: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opt to bowl
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Rohit Sharma | Mumbai Indians Captain: What happened in the past it’s past. There are some areas where we need to rectify it. Hopefully, we don’t make those mistakes.
We are playing with the same XI. Having someone like Pollard in the squad is always nice. He is a massive player for us, hopefully, he’ll come out and enjoy his game like he always goes. Malinga like Pollard has been a massive player for us.
It was unfortunate that he couldn’t make it due to personal reasons. That gives an opportunity to others. We need to enjoy our cricket as a squad.
Dinesh Karthik | Kolkata Knight Riders Captain: We will bowl first. We saw the first game, there was some dew, so we want to make use of it. Really proud to start the tournament today. We got Morgan, Cummins, Russell, and Narine. I think they’re really looking forward to this. We are looking forward to the young guys.
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi
Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
KKR in their season openers since 2013
2013: Beat DD by six wickets
2014: Beat MI by 41 runs
2015: Beat MI by seven wickets
2016: Beat DD by nine wickets
2017: Beat GL by ten wickets
2018: Beat RCB by four wickets
2019: Beat SRH by six wickets
IPL 2020 KKR vs MI
Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians is set to start the match by batting against KKR. Though the defending champions fail to show up in their first match, fans expect a great comeback from the Mumbai based franchise.
Mumbai Indians(MI) Batting
Sandeep Warrier gets in to bowl his first over. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock get in the ground to lead Mumbai Indians. A steady start from Mumbai Indians, with a six in the final over MI, scored 8 runs for no wicket loss.
Shivam Mavi gets in to bowl his first over of the innings. Mavi dismissed de Kock for 1 run and makes a maiden over. MI scored 8 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Sandeep Warrier gets in to bowl his second over of the innings. Surya Kumar corners Warrier and makes four boundaries of the over. In the end, MI scored 24 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Shivam Mavi gets in to bowl his second over of the innings. Mumbai Indians strikers start to run between wickets without making big shots. At the end of 4th over MI scored 33 runs 1 wicket loss.
Pat Cummins gets in to bowl his first over. The big fish of the IPL 2020 auction makes a poor start as Rohit hits a couple of sixes of the over and moves MI to scored 48 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Sunil Narine gets in to bowl his first over of the match. Starts off with a boundary Surya Kumar and Rohit makes the 50 run partnership from just 27 balls. Mumbai Indians scored 59 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Russell gets in to bowl his first over of the match. KKR is in pressure to break the partnership and makes changes in their bowling order. Which seems to be a bit of useless infront of Mumbai Indians strikers. With a boundary and Six of the over, MI scored 72 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Kuldeep Yadav gets in to bowl his first over of the innings. KKR thinks Kuldeep would make the expected break in the partnership. But Surya Kumar with fabulous strikes makes a six of the 5th ball of the over. MI ends up scoring 83 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Sunil Narine gets into bowl his 2nd over of the match. A good from Narine after a continuous bang Mumbai Indians restrict to score only 5 runs of the over. Mumbai Indians scored 88 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Kuldeep Yadav gets in to bowl his second over. KKR seeks help from the spinners to make a change in the match. Another good over from another spinner as Kuldeep restrict MI to score 6 runs of the over. MI scored 94 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Narine gets in to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. Finally, the spinners make the Mumbai Indians struggle. An excellent run out from the KKR which makes Suryakumar Yadav walk to Pavillion for 47 runs. MI scored 99 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Kuldeep Yadav backs into bowl his 3rd over of the innings. KKR spinners control the Mumbai Indians strikers but which fails to stop Rohit from making his 37th IPL fifty. MI scored 105 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Warrier gets in to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. With 10 runs from the over Mumbai Indians scored 115 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Kuldeep Yadav gets in to bowl his final over of the match. Rohit Sharma seems unstoppable as he makes a couple of massive sixes moves Mumbai Indians to score 132 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Pat Cummins backs to bowl his 2nd over of the innings. Mumbai Indians strikers seem to corner Cummins as Tiwary makes a back to back boundaries of the first two balls. Mumbai Indians scored 147 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Narine gets in to bowl his final over of the match. Finally makes a wicket off his first ball. Saurabh Tiwary dismissed for 21 runs. Hardik Pandya gets in to attack. An excellent over from Narine and ends up as MI scored 148 for 3 wicket loss.
Worst ER in death overs (16-20) in IPL 2019
11.25 KKR *
Pat Cummins gets in to bowl this 3rd over. A chance for Rohit’s dismissal but the ball lands in the no-man area and makes favour for MI. With a massive six at the last ball, MI scored 167 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Mavi backs to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. After a lot of effort, Mavi dismissed Rohit for 80 runs. MI scored 178 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Russell backs in to bowl his 2nd over. An unwanted hit wicket for Hardik while attempting to strike a wide ball. MI scored 182 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Will Mumbai Indians make their way to 200+ runs and will become the second team to secure the feat in this pitch?
Mavi gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. KKR tries to dismiss the big man Pollard with an appeal but fails to make it. With a lot of couples runs Mumbai Indians finally scored 195 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Kolkata Knight Riders Batting
KKR is keen to make their maiden win as much as Mumbai Indians. It is not easy to chase a target of 195 in IPL format.
Boult opens attack for Mumbai Indians. Shubman Gill and Narine get in the crease. Extraordinary bowling from Boult as KKR ended up without scoring any. Yes! a maiden first over for MI.
Pattinson gets in to bowl his first over. Narine with six makes KKR score 8 runs for no wicket loss.
Boult backs in to bowl his second over. A huge blow for KKR as Shubman Gill walks out for 7 runs. KKR scored 18 runs for 1 wicket loss after a boundary of the last ball from Dinesh Karthik.
Jasprit Bumrah gets in to bowl his maiden over of the match. With a back to back aggressive bowling Bumrah restrict KKR to score 19 for 1 wicket loss.
James Pattinson gets in to bowl his second over of the innings. Another huge blow for KKR as Narine walks out for 9 runs. KKR scored 25 runs for 2 wicket loss. The much expected start for Mumbai Indians.
Rahul Chahar gets in to bowl his first over. MI skipper introduced the spinner to bowl the last over of the power play. With a six in the middle of the over KKR scored 33 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Pollard gets in to bowl his first over of the match. KKR is in need to make some huge blow inorder to chase down the target. KKR ends up scoring 41 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Rahul Chahar gets in to bowl his second over of the innings. With a couple of sixes including a reverse sweep from Rana KKR scored 54 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Krunal Pandya gets in to bowl his first over of the match. KKR starts to swing some huge shots as Rana is on fire. With a couple of boundaries, KKR scored 64 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Pollard gets back to bowl his second over. With a back to back singles of the over KKR scored 71 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Rahul Chahar gets in to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. Rahul dismissed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik at the very first ball of the over. Morgan walks in to join hands with Rana. KKR scored 72 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Pollard gets in to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. Pollard picks his first wicket since 2015 IPL by dismissing Rana for 24 runs. An outstanding catch from Hardik at the boundary. KKR scored 78 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Bumrah is back to bowl his second over of the innings. Aggression everywhere as both the team is in an effort to register their maiden win of the tournament. A lucky ball for Morgan as the ball misses hitting stumps after Morgan faces a bouncer. KKR scored 82 for 4 wicket loss.
Pattinson backs to bowl his3rd over of the innings. With a six of the fourth ball, KKR reached 90 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Boult backs to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. KKR is in need of too many big shots to win the match, MI seeks favourable to victory. KKR scored 100 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Bumrah backs to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. The Jamaican walks off after dismissing for 11 runs from a perfect yorker from the Yorker specialist. Another huge blow for KKR as Morgan dismissed for 16 runs.
Pat Cummins gets in to join hands with Naik. KKR scored 102 runs for 6 wicket loss.
Boult back to bowl his last over of the innings. With a couple of boundaries of the over KKR scored 112 runs for 7 wicket loss.
Bumrah gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. Cummins packs the over with massive sixes all over the stadium. Cummins hits four sixes of the over and KKR scored 139 runs for 7 wicket loss.
Pattinson backs to bowl his last over of the innings. Cummins soon lose his wicket in the match where KKR could not make a win. KKR scored 142 runs for 8 wicket loss.
Rahul Chahar gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. A wicket in the final over, Mavi dismissed for 9 runs in the last ball of the match. Mumbai Indians registered their maiden victory in IPL 2020 by beating KKR by 49 runs.
Most wins against an opponent in IPL
20 MI vs KKR
17 KKR vs KXIP
17 MI vs CSK
16 MI vs RCB
15 CSK vs DC
15 CSK vs RCB
Last 11 matches: MI 10; KKR 1
Dinesh Karthik | Losing captain
I think we had areas to do well in bat and ball, I think it was a pretty rusty today, to be honest, I don’t want to get too analytical about it but it’s ok the boys realise where they could have done better.
A couple of the guys – Cummins and Morgan – just finished their quarantine today, it is hard, playing in the heat and getting used to the conditions. Don’t want to be too analytical, the boys put in a good effort.
I haven’t had the conversation about that (regarding tweaking the top order) with Baz, will let you know by the next game.
Rohit Sharma | Winning captain | MoM
It was only two players from the 2014 squad. It was all about how we executed our plans today, we were in good positions and it was all about being ruthless. The wicket was good and dew was coming down.
I back myself to play the pull shots and have practiced quite a bit. Pretty happy with the performance of my squad. All my shots were good (laughs), can’t pick one. I haven’t played a lot of cricket in the last six months’ time and was looking to spend some time in the middle; it didn’t come out well in the first innings but glad to have done it tonight.
We never knew that the IPL would happen in the UAE so we wanted a pace attack that was strong for the Wankhede. But the ball was seaming around for the first six overs over here as well. We haven’t played much with Trent Boult and Pattinson, but it was good that we were on the same page.
It takes a lot out of you to play in these conditions. Maybe I was a bit tired in the end and it was a lesson for us that one set batsmen need to bat till the end. We’ve seen it in the past and that’s what I tried to do.