Kolkata Knight Riders have once again won the IPL 2021 by showing a great game on Thursday. In the match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Kolkata defeated the current winners Mumbai Indians by seven wickets. Kolkata's bowlers, especially Lockie Ferguson, did not allow Mumbai Indians to score big even after a good start. Batting first, Mumbai Indians scored 155 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Kolkata achieved this target on the strength of young batsmen - losing wickets in overs. For Kolkata, its two young batsmen showed amazing and did not let one of the experienced bowlers of Mumbai's Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar run. Kolkata's Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer wrote half-centuries for the victory of the sports team. Iyer scored 53 runs. Tripathi scored 74 runs. After this victory, Kolkata has moved to the fourth place in the points table.
Shubman Gill and Venkatesh gave a solid start to Kolkata, chasing the target of 156 runs. Both of them added 40 runs in three overs. Jasprit Bumrah gave Mumbai the first success by bowling Gill on the last ball of the third over. Gill scored 13 runs in nine balls with the help of a four and a six. Even after this, Venkatesh continued his aggressive style. At the end of the six-over powerplay, Kolkata's score was 63 runs for the loss of one wicket.
Half century in the second match itself
This is Venkatesh's second IPL match and in this match he also scored his first IPL half-century. He completed his fifty off 25 balls. Venkatesh got good support from Rahul Tripathi. Tripathi also played a half-century innings. Tripathi completed his half-century for six consecutive sixes on Bumrah. But after Tripathi's half-century, Venkatesh returned to the pavilion. Bumrah hit him bowled on a total score of 128. Venkatesh played a brilliant innings in 30 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Both of them shared 88 runs for the second wicket. Captain Eoin Morgan could contribute only seven runs. He also became a victim of Bumrah. Tripathi played an innings of 74 runs. Tripathi faced 42 balls in his innings and hit eight fours and three sixes.
Such was the innings of Mumbai
Earlier, despite Quinton de Kock's half-century, the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers did not allow Mumbai Indians to score big while making a spectacular comeback. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma made a great start by scoring 33 runs in 30 balls. Rohit, who performed brilliantly in the Test series in England, did not play the first match against Chennai Super Kings. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya was ruled out for the second consecutive match, raising questions about his fitness. Rohit hit spinner Varun Chakraborty for two consecutive fours in the fourth over. At the other end, De Kock scored 55 runs in 42 balls. He hit Lockie Ferguson for the first six of the match. De Kock, who came in the sixth over, took 16 runs in his very first over by hitting two sixes. At that time the score was 55 runs without any loss . De Kock hit Andre Russell for two consecutive fours.
Naren breaks partnership
In the end, Sunil Narine broke this partnership by catching Rohit near the boundary line at the hands of Shubman Gill. He took Rohit's wicket for the ninth time in T20 cricket. Suryakumar Yadav became the victim of Krishna after scoring five runs, who caught Dinesh Karthik behind the wicket. Meanwhile, de Kock completed his half-century in the 14th over. KKR bowlers gave only 26 runs in the 10th to 15th over and took two wickets. Pollard took the team past 150 by playing big shots in the last five overs. In the last over, Ferguson took the wickets of Pollard and Krunal Pandya (12).