Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Mumbai Indians for the first time since 2019 to enter the top 4
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(Cricket news) KKR defeated MI for only the 7th time in IPL history. This allowed KKR to overtake MI in the points table to enter the top 4. Eoin Morgan won the toss and put MI into bat. Mumbai had a brilliant start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock firing on all cylinders. Prasidh Krishna and Sunil Narine got rid of the openers and the wickets started tumbling. Lockie Ferguson bowled a brilliant last over to restrict MI to 155. Apart from the openers, Kieron Pollard was the only batsman that looked good before he was run out.
KKR chased the target of 156 in just over 15 overs. Venkatesh Iyer continued his great form as he scored 53 of just 30 balls. Rahul Tripathi anchored the chase scoring 74 off 42 deliveries. Jasprit Bumrah's 3 wickets went in vain as every MI bowler including him leaked way too many runs. It was not Mumbai's day as luck massively favoured KKR. Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar were uncharacteristically smacked all over the park.
Kolkata have started the 2nd phase in grand fashion and look very likely to make it to the playoffs. Their next game is against Chennai Super Kings on 26th September. Things are not looking good for Mumbai with two very lackluster performances. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have failed to make an impact in these two games. MI needs them back in form in order to qualify for the playoffs. Hardik Pandya's absence is clearly felt and the sooner he gets fit the better it will be for Mumbai Indians. Their next game is against RCB on 26th September.