Mumbai Indians secured back-to-back wins as they after a five-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2023 clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. MI didn’t had a great start to the campaign but it looks like they are slowly improving. Chasing a target of 186, Rohit Sharma, who came in as an Impact Substitute, gave Mumbai a good start with Ishan Kishan, who showed aggression with the bat. Later, Tilak Verma & Surya Kumar Yadav’s partnership made the chase easy as Tim David drew the full stop with a cameo. Venkatesh Iyer’s maiden ton went in vain after a brilliant chase from Mumbai’s batters. Read the match report of the MI vs KKR clash and share your thoughts in the comments.
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MI vs KKR: IPL 2023 Match Report
Venkatesh Iyer managed to control the situation after a poor start from KKR
KKR had a poor start as both openers, Gurbaz & Jagadeessan were sent home for 8 & 0. Veteran spinner Piyush Chawla & Cameron Green dismissed the KKR openers. Earliar, debutant Arjun Tendulkar started the proceedings with a 2-over spell for Mumbai Indians. Venkatesh Iyer fought alone right from the start & that has been the story of Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Individual performances have shown them the path to victory. Skipper Nitish Rana couldn’t do much for the team as he returned after scoring only five runs. Shardul Thakur looked decent but he too was sent home for a low 13 runs inning.
Although KKR were loosing wickets in regular intervals, Venky Iyer didn’t give the opportunity to the opposition bowlers to restrict the run rate. Iyer dominated the bowlers and in a pitch and ground like Wankhede, it was his moment. He lived through the moments and scored an absolutely blistering hundred in just 49 deliveries. He became the second batter in the history of KKR to score a century in IPL. Bredon McCullum was the first batter to score a century & it was also the first-ever match of IPL, in 2008 against RCB.
Riley Meredith removed Venkatesh Iyer as he played a reverse scoop straight to Duan Jansen at short third man. The batter fell after an inning to remember (104 off 51). Andre Russell played a little cameo of 21*(11) and KKR reached the total of 185/6 after the end of 20 overs.
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MI vs KKR: Match Report
Ishan Kishan & Rohit Sharma gave an explosive start to Mumbai Indians
Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma got Mumbai Indians (MI) off to an explosive start after coming down to chase the target of 186 runs. Rohit Sharma was not in the starting XI but he got introduced as an impact player in place of Riley Meredith. The pair added 65 together before Suyash Sharma removed Rohit for 20(13). Ishan Kishan who was failing and struggling, started the chase with a storm. He scored 58 runs in just 25 deliveries with 50 runs of those coming as boundaries (5 fours & 5 sixes). Mumbai reached 72 runs after the end of the powerplay. Ishan was cleaned up by Varun Chakravarthy for 58(25) at a score of 87.
Surya Kumar found his form back | Tilak Verma’s consistent performance | Tim David’s cameo helped Mumbai to complete the chase successfully
Surya Kumar Yadav & Tilak Verma construct a partnership of 60 runs in 38 deliveries and almost secured the match with it. Inform Young batter Tilak once again showed his class with an important inning of 30 runs in 25 deliveries. Surya Kumar Yadav finally get his form back after a run drought. He scored 43 runs in 25 deliveries with 4 boundaries & 3 sixes. Shardul Thakur removed him from the crease.
It was too late for Kolkata as the MI top order did the job very nicely. Tim David played an effective cameo of 24* of 13 and Mumbai successfully chased the total of 186 runs by 5 wickets & 14 balls to spare. Kolkata Knight Riders faced two consecutive losses while Mumbai won their second straight game of IPL 2023.