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IPL 2021: What Went Wrong for KKR in the match against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2021: What Went Wrong for KKR in the match against Mumbai Indians
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Mumbai Indians maintained their reputation by winning another fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 5th of the season. For Kolkata Knight Riders, the story did not chance much. They gave a close fight to Mumbai Indians, were on the verge of claiming second win of the season but at the end fell short of just 10 runs.

Eoin Morgan decided to field first winning the toss whereas Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma apparently had the same thoughts. Mumbai Indians were all out for a mere 152. After a long time, KKR seemed to have dominated Mumbai in this match. However, Kolkata Knight Riders had a terrible collapse. The opening duo did try to give a good start but Shubman Gill was dismissed for 33 runs off 24 balls and then Nitish Rana was gone for 47-ball 57.

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The target was not huge and very much achievable from 84/2 in 10.3 overs. however, apart from the openers, not a single one from the rest of the line-up could add double digit score. Dinesh Karthik (8*) and Andre Russell, two senior members of the team stayed there, tried to show some resistance but that did not help the team much. For Russell, five runs came off 15 balls including a boundary. Moreover he was dropped on 0 and 5 in that short span.

Thanks to such a low target set by Mumbai Indians, the match went to the final and KKR were very much in the match till then. It was the death bowling of Mumbai Indians that won the match for the defending champions. KKR needed 22 runs from last 18 balls when Krunal Pandya was handed over the ball. Pandya conceded only three from the over and pushed the required run rate to 9.50. Next over saw the specialist Jasprit Bumrah who gave away only four runs. Trent Boult came to bowl the final over. He started by giving two singles and then picked up two wickets that included the major wicket of Andre Russell who still had the potential to win the match for KKR.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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