Mumbai Indians put an all round show to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs for their first victory of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma built the foundation for a big Mumbai total as the defending champions reached a mammoth 195-5. Mumbai then made sure Kolkata don’t get the desired start bowling with discipline in the powerplays restricting the opponents to 146-9 in 20 overs.
Kolkata were kept under pressure and they had just added 25 runs when they lost openers Shubman Gill (seven) and Sunil Narine (nine). Captain Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana (24) tried to steady the ship but with a 46-run partnership before both fell in the space of two runs.
Karthik made 30 off 23 with five boundaries. Kolkata still had slim hopes with big-hitting West Indian Andre Russell and England skipper Eoin Morgan at the crease but any hopes of a fight back evaporated after Jaspreet Bumrah bowled superbly to dismiss both batsmen in a single over.
Bumrah, who was looking for one of the economical overs in IPL history at 2-5 from three overs, was smashed for four sixes by Pat Cummins in his fourth and team’s 18th to concede 32 runs in the end.
Cummins played a 12-ball 33-run cameo. Trent Boult and James Pattinson also picked up two wickets each for Mumbai.
Earlier, Mumbai lost opener Quinton de Kock early in the game before a 92-run partnership between Rohit and Surya Kumar Yadav guided Mumbai towards a big total. Yadav made a 28-ball 47 hitting six boundaries and a maximum.
Rohit continued to play his shots and scored a 54-ball 80. His innings included six sixes and three boundaries. Saurav Tiwary (21) and Hardik Pandya (18) also pushed Mumbai close to 200 runs. Shivam Mavi took two wickets for Kolkata.