34th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, Sep 23 2021, Indian Premier League
(15.1/20 ov, target 156)159/3
KKR won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match

So, that's it! Kolkata Knight Riders produce another dominating victory in this second phase of IPL 2021. Their two massive wins have made them big favourites for the top four stage. A reminder of how strong the side is if the inexperienced top order and the spin bowlers come together in unison on the same day. Tomorrow it's a game between the two sides just ahead of KKR. Third-placed RCB vs second-placed CSK. Kohli v Dhoni. And its the first one of the season in Sharjah. Run fest expected then? Catch us tomorrow to find out. Till then, on behalf of Himanshu, Raghav and Thilak this is Sreshth Shah saying goodnight!

Presentation time. Lots of sponsor awards for Iyer, Russell gets rewarded for his bowling too.

Winning captain Eoin Morgan: "Its been a long time since we've played like this. Baz has taken over for almost two seasons, so the way we are playing is now getting into his style. To hold such a strong Mumbai team, and chase it down in the manner we did gives us confidence. We were trying to fit Iyer into the XI with a lot of talented guys, and its fantastic with the manner he has scored runs. We never put a number on him, on how many games he will get. In the practice games he has gone out to play this way. Baz backs him to the hilt. Just a second game for him but played with full confidence. Sunil and Varun are formidable bowlers. Sunil has been integral in winning KKR championships in the past. Varun is a fresh guy. The first two games in this second phase has been a great template for us to play. There's only one way for us to go in the points table, and that's up."

Sunil Narine is the Player of the Match for his 1/20: "Coming off a good amount of cricket in The Hundred and CPL. Getting better and better. Its taken a while for me with this new action, and I've put a lot of work into it. Just want to continue the good work. Getting Rohit out in any type of cricket is good. Its a key wicket against Mumbai. Varun likes to know about the game and asks a lot of questions. He's a quick learner, someone who likes to know about cricket, and has far to go. Flatter pitch than before but not as quick as usual. I think my batting is based on what the team requirement is."

Rahul Tripathi (74 in 42): "Very happy. The coach tells us to be positive and I feel that when you're positive then the extra pressure goes towards the bowlers. It was important to hit the boundaries early. Dug out is very positive."

9.27pm And that's a thumping. KKR win their seventh game in 29 against Mumbai. And the way they have won takes the Knight Riders to fourth, and sending Mumbai Indians out of the top four. The game was set up by Chakravarthy and Narine to stifle Mumbai in the middle overs. And after that, the positive batting from Gill, Iyer and Tripathi meant that KKR's storied middle order had nothing to do. de Kock's 55 seems so far back as Tripathi silently made 74 with Iyer thumping his maiden IPL fifty that deflated Mumbai inside the powerplay. KKR win with 29 balls to spare and an innings run-rate of over 10! Two in two for KKR in the UAE. Zero in two for the defending champs.

Losing captain Rohit Sharma: "Few areas. We started really well but didn't get enough in the back end. Was a good pitch to bat on. Failed to capitalise on the start. We didn't bowl pretty well to start with. We spoke about being on the stumps and let the batters take chances - however that didn't happen. Things like that can happen. The basics of cricket is that you make small partnerships. That stopped us from taking on the bowlers. We've fought well in the past really well, hopefully all of us can pull together. Points table is always there in the back of the mind. Important to know where you stand. I am OK."

Rohit Sharma to Rana, FOUR runs

reverse sweep Full outside off, and smacked past short third man for four! Knight Riders win by 7 wickets

Rohit Sharma to bowl now.

end of over 158 runs • 1 wicket
KKR: 155/3CRR: 10.33 RRR: 0.20 • Need 1 run from 30b
Rahul Tripathi74 (42)
Nitish Rana1 (1)
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-43-3
Adam Milne 3-0-29-0
Bumrah to Tripathi, 2 runs

full ball on off, and a beautiful drive down the ground to tie the scores.

Bumrah to Rana, 1 run

good length on leg stump. Angling across. Nurdles a shot past the diving slip fielder for a single

Bumrah to Tripathi, 1 run

yorker attempted. Lands in front of off. Dug away to long on for a single

Prasanth: "The fat lady has sung, cause MI's win percentage is at 0"

Bumrah to Tripathi, FOUR runs

good length ball angling into his hips. Just whips it off his waist, and fine leg is totally vacant. Tripathi moves into his seventies, KKR need five more

Stat alert: Only other time Jasprit Bumrah bowled his 4th over as early as 15th over in the IPL was on his debut in 2013 vs RCB (Bowled his 4th over in the 13th over in that game).

Bumrah to Tripathi, no run

good length ball angling into the stumps. Backs away and taps it to point. No run though

Apologies. It's Jasprit Bumrah bowling. We're having some technical difficulties.

Bumrah to Morgan, OUT

back of a length, on middle, and he pulls to the leg side. But top-edged, and it goes to Boult fielding in the deep.

Eoin Morgan c Boult b Bumrah 7 (14m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 87.5
end of over 142 runs
KKR: 147/2CRR: 10.50 RRR: 1.50 • Need 9 runs from 36b
Rahul Tripathi67 (38)
Eoin Morgan7 (7)
Adam Milne 3-0-29-0
Rahul Chahar 3-0-34-0
Milne to Tripathi, no run

good length, outside off and angling in. Mistimes a pull, ball rolls away to midwicket

AJ: "Surya, Bhuvi, Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan and add Hardik's fitness. Indian WC T20 squad does not look too promising at the moment. "

Milne to Tripathi, no run

full just outside off stump. Clatters a drive to cover

Nimit Jain: "All this talk about KKR looking dangerous after just 2 games, let's not forget that when things start to go wrong, they escalate pretty quickly, especially for KKR !"

Milne to Morgan, 1 run

back of a length, outside leg stump. Pulled along the ground to Krunal at deep square leg

Milne to Morgan, no run

good length, outside off. Cut to backward point with the ball angling away

Milne to Morgan, no run

back of a length outside leg. Morgan walks down the track to slap a shot through the covers. But toe-ended back to Milne

Hamza: "Morgan joining the fun. Don't know what these folks have tried coming to UAE. KKR justifying what McCullum has yearned for this team to perform. Look deadly now is KKR."

Milne to Tripathi, 1 run

good length, just outside off. Bends his knees and runs it down to third man

Eleven needed.

Yatrik: "Come on yaar, what is this luck luck?? When someone attacks Mumbai, it is luck? But when Mumbai attacks, it is good batting? This is wrong. KKR have really batted well and it's not just luck. So, keep this luck stories aside and watch Mumbai lose!"

end of over 1317 runs
KKR: 145/2CRR: 11.15 RRR: 1.57 • Need 11 runs from 42b
Eoin Morgan6 (4)
Rahul Tripathi66 (35)
Rahul Chahar 3-0-34-0
Jasprit Bumrah 3-0-35-2
Chahar to Morgan, SIX runs

going, going, gone! Half-tracker on middle. He goes deep in his crease and pulls it over deep midwicket for six. KKR eke out 17 from the over

Chahar to Morgan, no run

full on middle. Turning into leg. Defended off the front foot

Rupesh: "Mind u , it's not finished until it's finished :) (specially if its MI vs KKR if u know what I mean)"

Hamza: "@Riyan , that's a huge understatement about Iyer and Tripathi's whirlwind batting. They have batted exceptionally well."

Chahar to Tripathi, 1 run

good length, just outside off stump. Pulled off the back foot to deep midwicket. Nearly went all the way!

Chahar to Tripathi, FOUR runs

edged past the keeper! Full outside off, and turning away. Tripathi stretches out to drive, but it takes the edge, no slip there, and even past Kishan at short third man. But he gives the ball a chase and slides near the boundary to stop the four. But his leg is touching the boundary in the attempt: four more.

Chahar to Tripathi, no run

tossed up, nicely flighted. Full outside off and turning away. Tries another slog sweep, but misses out. Could've been stumped there

Chahar to Tripathi, SIX runs

massive! Picks the googly well, and drags a slog sweep over deep midwicket for six. Full just outside off and turning in. Tripathi puts it away

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