Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field first.
KKR bowling first had a decent first over and a wicket maiden in the second over dismissing Quinton DeKock. After that the Mumbai Indians started to dominate. Suryakumar Yadav was able to get off the blocks immediately and Rohit Sharma looked in sublime touch. The pair added 90 runs together and set up the innings very well. Rohit Sharma kept going as he scored 80 off just 54 balls including 6 sixes. Contributions from Tiwary, Hardik and Pollard helped take the Mumbai Indians to 195 in 20 overs. Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine were the pick of the bowlers. Pat Cummins had a forgettable start to the IPL conceding 49 runs in 3 overs.
Mumbai Indians start off bowling a maiden over and they never let go of the momentum. Gill was not able to time to ball or find the gaps and he fell early. Sunil Narine was targeted with quality pace bowling as he struggled. Once the openers were dismissed, captain Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana put up a 46 runs stand but this came of 32 balls. KKR got only 71 runs in the first 10 overs and there was too much to get in the last 10 on this pitch against a very disciplined bowling attack with clear plans. KKR were not able to shift gears and they kept losing wickets as they lost by a massive margin of 49 runs.
Rohit Sharma was the man of the match for his brilliant batting performance.
Game Changing Moments
The bowling innings is where KKR lost the game. Pat Cummins who was expected to lead the bowling attack and pick up early wickets was not able to deliver which hurt them. He conceded 49 runs in 3 overs which was at least 20 runs more than expected. Kuldeep Yadav and Sandeep Warrier’s overs were not unto the mark as well.
Areas to Focus
KKR’s bowling attack lacked intent. Apart from Sunil Narine, no one really troubled the batsman.
KKR can tactically improve in certain areas. Pat Cummins should be bowling the first over of the match. He is the one who is most capable of making the best use of the new ball in this bowling line up. KKR’s batting order might also need some stability. Dinesh Karthik is probably one of the best finishers in this tournament, and it would be better for KKR if he can slot back into the middle order.
Sunil Narine’s batting at the top of the order can be destructive, but his weakness against short ball is well known and teams will target him. KKR might need to rethink this tactic if he is not able to perform within the next 3-4 matches.
Morgan and Pat Cummins looked very rusty today but they cannot be judged based on today’s performance alone. Coming back from UK, they had to undergo 6 days of quarantine. Hence, they had to come straight into the match without having the chance to bond with the team and have any practice in new conditions.
Sunil Narine really bowled very well today. After getting hit for 11 runs in the first over, he came back with 1/11 in the remaining three overs. When Mumbai Indians were blazing from all ends, Narine was able to restrict them well.