Eoin Morgan’s spell as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper began with a complete eight-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians (MI) on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium right here on Friday. After Morgan (39 not out) and Pat Cummins (53 not out) dragged KKR to 148/5, MI chased down the goal with greater than three overs to spare and eight wickets in hand.
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Captain Rohit Sharma (35) and his opening companion Quinton de Kock (78 not out) put up a gap partnership of 94 runs inside the first 11 overs that every one however took away any slim probabilities KKR had been nursing to drag off an inconceivable victory.
After Rohit fell to Shivam Mavi (1/24) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/23) dismissed Suryakumar Yadav (10), Hardik Pandya accelerated the method for MI.
Hardik smashed 21 off 11 balls and his unbeaten 38-run stand with de Kock took MI over the road.
Earlier, MI pacers Trent Boult (1/32), Jasprit Bumrah (1/22) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/51) all took a wicket every whereas spinner Rahul Chahar (2/18) took two wickets off consecutive balls within the eighth over to peg again KKR.
It was Cummins and Morgan’s partnership that took the tottering innings near the 150-run mark. The pair put up 87 for the sixth wicket.
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Brief scores: KKR 148/5 in 20 overs (Pat Cummins 53 not out, Eoin Morgan 39 not out; Rahul Chahar 2/18) vs MI 149/2 in 16.5 overs (Quinton de Kock 78 not out, Rohit Sharma 35; Varun Chakravarthy 1/23)