The defending champions of Dream 11 IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians were up against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the fifth match of the ongoing IPL 2020. Mumbai Indians were coming to this match on the back of a loss from their arch rivals Chennai Super Kings. The match turned out to be a high scoring affair between MI and KKR, but eventually Mumbai Indians won the match comfortably by beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs. Mumbai Indians also registered their maiden win in seven matches (5 matches in 2014 and two matches in 2020) of IPL, that they played in UAE soil.
KKR captain won the toss and asked Mumbai Indians to bat first in a hard pitch, which seems to have a lot of run in it and also keeping in mind the dew factor, which starts to arrive at the end of first innings.
Mumbai Indians started their innings cautiously but the young pacer from Uttar Pradesh, Shivam Mavi dented MI’s hope by sending their wicket keeper batsman Quinton De Kock in the second over of the innings. The innings was then anchored and paced by MI captain Rohit Sharma along with Surya Kumar Yadav. MI captain then took the attack to the KKR bowlers by targeting their most experienced bowler and the costliest foreign player in the history of IPL, Pat Cummins who accounted for a total of 49 runs in his three overs. MI lost a bit of momentum in the slog overs by losing wickets in frequent intervals, but Rohit Sharma’s attacking innings took them to a respective total of 195/5 in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma top scores the MI innings by scoring 80 runs from 54 balls. This also shows a good example of captain leading from the front when his team requires the most.
On chasing 196 runs in 20 overs against a world class bowling line-up of MI. The onus was on the KKR’s main batsman Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik to guide the chase to the end. KKR started their innings with slow pace but due to accuracy in length and line of the bowlers of MI, KKR innings never gained momentum and the chase was never seemed to be on track. KKR felt miserably below the run rate while chasing a target of 196 in 20 overs. The onus then fell fully on Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan to put up a heroic performance and make KKR win the first match of the IPL 2020. With the arrival of Andre Russell on the crease, MI captain Rohit Sharma threw the ball to his trump card Jasprit Bumrah. Jasprit Bumrah did not disappoint his captain and took two crucial wickets of Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan in the 15th over and broke the backbone of KKR’s chase. A little and an entertaining cameo comes from the bat of Pat Cummins, where he hits the World’s best death bowler Jasprit Bumrah for 27 runs in his last over, but it was not enough for KKR to cross the line. As it was more than too much left for the last by the KKR batsman and eventually MI won the match comfortably by 49 runs, registering their first win in IPL 2020.
Rohit Sharma, MI captain was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his wonderful knock of 80 runs from 54 balls.