The new Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan suffered a crushing defeat in the first match. In the match played in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai Indians defeated them by eight wickets with 19 balls to spare on Friday. Man of the match Quinton Dickock smashed 78 off 44 balls which included nine fours and three sixes. This is Kolkata’s second consecutive and fourth defeat in eight matches. Mumbai’s team has again reached the top with a sixth win in eight matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders, the first batting pick, scored 148 for five with an unbroken 87-run partnership between Pat Cummins (53 not out) and Morgan for the sixth wicket. Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who left the captaincy for batting, could only score four runs. Mumbai managed an easy win by scoring 149 runs for two wickets in 16.5 overs.
Quinton de Kock was in a more aggressive mood. He hit two fours in the fourth over at Cummins. His 24 was a difficult catch Varun could not take but Varun, who was batting unscathed, hit two boundaries and a six over the famous Krishna in the seventh over. In the ninth over, he completed his half-century in an atishi style with a six over Russell. The South African batsman has his third half-century in four matches. The first wicket fell in the 11th over as Rohit (35) when Karthik caught it off Shivam Mavi. The second wicket was of Surya Kumar Yadav (10). Hardik (21 *) won in the 17th over.
The top order of the KKR team, which came out on the first batting, had failed. Opener Rahul Tripathi (07) took a brilliant catch at point by Surya Kumar. Soon Nitish Rana (05) was also caught behind the wicket off Nathan Culter Nile. In the eighth over, spinner Rahul Chahar (2/18) dismissed Shubman Gill (21) and Dinesh Karthik, taking Kolkata to 42 for four. Half of the team had returned to the pavilion for 61 runs with the dismissal of Andre Russell (12). Russell attempted a big shot off Bumrah (1/22) but the ball went into the air and wicketkeeper Dickock took an easy catch.
Cummins smashed two fours and a six in the 13th over on Nathan Culter Nile. Cummins and Morgan scored 53 runs in the final five overs. Nathan proved to be more expensive, giving away 51 runs in four overs. His last over was scored by 21 runs. On the first ball of the same over, Cummins completed his half-century with fours.