Mumbai Indians (MI) put up another brilliant performance beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Eoin Morgan, the new captain for KKR, won the toss and opted to bat first.
But MI bowlers made early impact, reducing KKR to 61-5. Captain Morgan and Pat Cummins then shared a 87-run partnership and ensured their team post a decent 148-5 in 20 overs. Cummins remained unbeaten on 53 while Morgan scored 39 off 29 balls.
For a batting line-up like Mumbai, chasing 149 wouldn’t have ever been tough and they indeed proved it. They lost only Rohit Sharma (35) and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in the chase with Quinton de Kock remaining unbeaten on a fantastic 78 off just 44 balls. Hardik Pandya also played a few lovely shots against Pat Cummins making 21 off just 11 balls.
With the victory, Mumbai Indians are back on top of the table with 12 points.
On Friday, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) left it late but finally earned a much-needed victory as they beat Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Batting first, RCB posted a competitive total of 171/6 in 20 overs. Skipper Kohli made a fine 48 but lost his wicket at a crucial time along with AB de Villiers who was moved down the order for this match. In the final over, Chris Morris and Isuru Udana smashed Mohammed Shami for 24 runs and it resulted in a decent score.
KXIP openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal once again showed their brilliant form with the bat as they shared a 78-run first wicket partnership. Chris Gayle, playing his first match of the season, took some time to get going but then once he came to the party, it was tough for RCB to pull off the win.
Rahul was the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 61 off just 49 balls.