IPL 2022: KKR hand MI a third successive defeat
Mumbai Indians haven't yet opened their account in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. They suffered a third successive defeat in the ongoing season. MI posted 161/4 in 20 overs, riding on crucial knocks from Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, and Kieron Pollard. In response, MI reduced KKR to 101/5 but Pat Cummins sealed the deal. Venkatesh Iyer scored an unbeaten fifty too.
MI started poorly with Rohit Sharma being dismissed early on. KKR kept things under control with MI being on 55/3 at one stage. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Lalit Varma did well. MI finished on a high, piling 76 off the last five overs, including 63 off the last four. The last over went for 23 runs with Kieron Pollard smashing three sixes.
KKR saw Ajinkya Rahane depart early once again before Shreyas Iyer hit two boundaries and got out. MI had a good performance in the PP overs, giving away just 35 for two wickets. Sam Billings (17) played a poor shot and threw his wicket away. MI took things under control but Cummins came in and did what Andre Russell does.
Playing his first game of the IPL 2022 season, Suryakumar smashed a sensational 36-ball 52. Once he was set, the versatile batter played several crunch shots, hitting five fours and two sixes. Surya has now raced to 2,393 runs at 29.18. He slammed his 14th IPL fifty. Surya surpassed Dwayne Smith's tally (2,385). He has 337 runs versus KKR, hitting his third fifty.
Umesh has claimed nine wickets in the IPL 2022 season. Against MI, he finished with figures worth 1/25 from four overs. Notably, six of his wickets have come in the powerplay overs this season. He dismissed Rohit for the third time in IPL. Pat Cummins (2/49) raced to 25 wickets for KKR, matching the tally of Ishant Sharma. Overall, he has 40 IPL scalps.
As per Cricketpedia, Kieron Pollard (22*) has become only the second batter after MS Dhoni to score over 400 runs in the 20th over in the IPL. Dhoni tops this list with 627 runs. Tilak Varma scored an unbeaten 38 from 27 balls. He smashed three fours and two sixes. Varma, who made his IPL debut this season, has 121 runs at 60.50.
After struggling in the first three matches, KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer slammed a fifty (50*). It wasn't the most fluent of innings but a crucial knock nonetheless. This was his fifth IPL fifty. He has also gone past 400 career IPL runs after making his debut last season. He hit six fours and a six.
Cummins, who played his first IPL game this season, hammered 56* (15 balls). He slammed his fifty from 14 balls, matching the tally of KL Rahul (14 balls vs DC, 2018). Cummins smashed four fours and six sixes, striking at 373.33. He hammered Daniel Sams for 35 runs in the 16th over. His last three innings versus MI reads as 33(12), 53*(36), 56*(15).