Cricket news - Quinton de Kock stars as MI make light work of chase

de Kock scored an unbeaten 78

de Kock scored an unbeaten 78

Here's a fun fact for you - in IPL 2020, Pat Cummins has scored more runs and hit more sixes than Andre Russell. And Russell has picked more wickets than Cummins so far. Against Mumbai Indians on Friday (October 16), the trend continued as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered another humiliating defeat - by eight wickets - in Abu Dhabi. KKR scored 148 with Cummins making a 36-ball 53 before MI chased down the score in the 17th over with Quinton de Kock unbeaten on 78.

Where did MI get it right?

Once MI were asked to chase, the bowlers were exceptional and struck early to dent KKR. After Rahul Tripathi fell early, Shubman Gill once again struggled to find any sort of rhythm. His 21 off 23 meant KKR failed to get out of the blocks quickly and MI kept tightening the noose. Nitish Rana's struggles against short ball continued and Dinesh Karthik, who had handed over the captaincy to Eoin Morgan early in the day, made a painstaking 4 off 8. Jasprit Bumrah once against outsmarted Russell with a short ball to leave KKR gasping at 61 for 5 in the 11th over.

So how did KKR get to 148?

Because of Pat Cummins and Morgan. They showed much more intent than the top six, scored freely and ensured KKR avoided the risk of being bundled out of much less. Cummins struck Nathan Coulter-Nile for a six and two boundaries to get going and give some much-needed impetus to the innings. While things did dull down a bit till the 18th over, he took on Trent Boult to help the side finish big.

KKR scored 21 in the final over bowled by Coulter-Nile. Morgan hit two sixes to end with 39 off 29. Till then, his job was to hold his end up. He did struggle a touch but ensured he hung around to give the bowlers something to work with.

How was the chase?

Pretty straight-forward. Quinton de Kock, probably frustrated after dropping a simple catch of Cummins, blasted MI to a brisk start as they raced to 51 for no loss at the end of the powerplay. This was the first time MI had escaped unhurt in the first six overs. Rohit Sharma made 35 off 36 and stitched a 94-run stand with de Kock before falling to Shivam Mavi. But de Kock's assault had already reduced the contest to a run-a-ball affair.

Varun Chakravarthy managed to nip out Suryakumar Yadav before Hardik Pandya treated all watching with some crisply timed hits to dent KKR's morale.

Where next for the sides?

MI play Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on October 18 while KKR stay at the same venue to face Sunrisers Hyderabad on the same day.

Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 148/5 in 20 overs (Pat Cummins 53*; Rahul Chahar 2-18) lost to Mumbai Indians 149/2 in 16.5 overs (Quinton de Kock 78*) by eight wickets.