Ishan Kishan (58) and Suryakumar Yadav (43) led the charge as Mumbai Indians (MI) handed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a five-wicket defeat in their IPL 2023 match in Mumbai on Sunday (April 16).
The fastest century in this year’s IPL for Venkatesh Iyer — 104 off 51 balls (6x4s, 9x6s) — went in vain for KKR, who suffered their ninth defeat in 10 matches at the Wankhede Stadium, and an overall 23rd in 32 matches against Mumbai Indians.
The highlight of MI’s win was not just their sturdy response with the bat chasing 186, but their key middle-order batter Suryakumar banishing batting woes with a 25-ball 43 laced with four fours and three sixes.
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Suryakumar also stepped up to lead MI in the game in which regular captain Rohit Sharma played as an impact substitute owing to a stomach bug as MI won with 14 balls to spare, finishing at 186/5 in 17.4 overs.
Tim David struck an unbeaten 24 off 13 balls with two sixes and a four as MI recorded a second successive win while chasing.
The platform, however, was laid early by Kishan and Sharma, who went hammer and tongs from the second over onwards to add 65 for the first wicket in 4.5 overs, attacking the KKR pacers Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur in particular.
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The first-wicket partnership looked ominous for KKR who managed to break through, with Yadav taking a fine diving catch at mid-on off Suyash Sharma in the fifth over.
Sharma fell for a 13-ball 20 with two sixes and a four after helping MI past the 50-run mark inside four overs.
On the other end, Kishan brought up his fifty in 21 balls with five fours and four sixes. His charge was stopped by Varun Chakravarthy, with the KKR mystery spinner cleaning up Kishan after a 25-ball 58 with five sixes and as many fours.
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The rookie leg-spinner Suyash claimed his second wicket in the form of Tilak Varma, in the 14th over, who played one onto his wickets after a 25-ball 30 (3x4s, 1x6s) having added 60 from 38 balls with Suryakumar for the third wicket.
2⃣ wins in a row for @mipaltan! 👏 👏#MI beat #KKR by 5 wickets to bag two more points! 👍 👍
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— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2023
Earlier in the afternoon, Iyer’s maiden century in IPL powered KKR to 185/6.
The 28-year-old India and KKR batting all-rounder Iyer waged a lone battle with the bat, recording his highest score in the IPL as well as this season among all batters, hitting an overall six fours and nine sixes to bring up the second century of this IPL edition from only 49 balls.
Iyer bettered the record set by Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) Harry Brook a couple of nights ago in terms of the fastest century this season, who made 100 from 55 balls against KKR.
While Iyer, who injured his knee at the start of his innings while attempting a ramp shot off Cameron Green, dominated the MI bowlers, none of the KKR top-order batters could trouble the scorers.
The blow was indeed painful as Iyer, playing in his third IPL season for KKR, hobbled between the wickets to complete runs, but the pain eventually subsided which gave the left-handed batter a chance to play naturally.
In an innings replete with strokes hit all around the park, Iyer completed his maiden IPL century with five fours and nine sixes.
While most of the KKR batters did not last long enough, Iyer also did well to score heavily in his 48-run stand for the second wicket with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (8), 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Shardul Thakur (14) and 36 for the fifth wicket with Rinku Singh (18).
Nitish Rana (5) also had a game to forget with the bat, mistiming one to long on off Shokeen and walked away after exchanging a few words with the spin bowler.
KKR’s latest sensation Rinku fell for a run-a-ball 18 with two fours and all-rounder Andre Russell freed up his arms, scoring his first double-digit total after three games to finish on 21 not out from 11 balls (3x4s, 1x6s).
MI handed a debut to Arjun Tendulkar who opened the attack and got the ball to swing back into the KKR right-handers, sending down two largely impressive overs.
A special victory lap from @mipaltan to thank a special crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai 😃 👏#TATAIPL | #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/lGo8r8npow
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2023
(With agency inputs)