Abu Dhabi, October 16
The Mumbai Indians juggernaut rolled on unabated as they recorded their fifth straight win with an eight-wicket mauling of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL here today.
A tidy bowling effort by Mumbai Indians ensured that KKR were restricted to 148/5 after an unbeaten 53 by pace spearhead Pat Cummins. Then, the defending champions rode on a blistering 44-ball 78 by Quinton de Kock, to chase down the target with 3.1 overs to spare.
De Kock, who struck nine fours and three sixes, and skipper Rohit Sharma (35 off 36 balls) laid the foundation for the win with their 94-run first-wicket stand. The South African notched up his fifty in just 25 balls, with a maximum over deep-square leg.
KKR tried to pull things back by removing Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in quick succession, but de Kock continued his onslaught and took the side home in the company of Hardik Pandya (21 off 11 balls). — PTI
Brief scores: KKR: 148/5 (Cummins 53*, Morgan 39*; Chahar 2/18); MI: 149/2 in 16.5 overs (de Kock 78*).