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Patna : Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8 wickets in the 32nd match of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, on October 16, 2020, late night, powered by an unbeaten 78 in 44 with 9 fours and 3 sixes of opener Quinton de Kock (qdk). All-rounder Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on 21 in 11 balls hitting 3 fours and a six. Opener Rohit Sharma (captain) scored 35 in 36 balls hitting 5 fours and a six. Qdk was named Player Of The Match. It was Qdk’s 3rd fifty in four matches. KKR have 8 points in 8 matches having lost four of them.
Replying KKR’s 148/5 in 20 overs, MI scored 149/2 in 16.5 overs to reach top of the points table with 12 points in 8 matches. DC also have 12 points but have a lower run rate.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, KKR made a disastrous start losing their first four wickets with only 42 runs on board with MI leg spinner Rahul Chahar taking 2/18 in 4 over accounting for opener Shubman Gill (21) and wk Dinesh karthik (4) on successive balls. KKR lost their first wicket that of opener Rahul Tripathi with only 18 runs on board. Tripathi fell to fast bowler Trent Boult for 7. Nitish Rana fell to fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile for 5 making it 33/2.
KKR fast bowler pat Cummins, who has failed to take a wicket in 5 matches, scored an unbeaten 53 in 36 balls hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes while Captain Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 39 in 29 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Cummins and Morgan, who led the side after Dinesh Karthik quit captaincy, added 87 runs in their unbroken partnership for the 6th wicket. Nathan Coulter-Nile leaked 21 runs in his 4th overs. He took 1/51 in 4 overs.
Chasing a target of 149 runs, MI openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 94 runs for 1st wicket. Rohit fell to fast bowler Shivam Mavi making it 94/1 in 10.3 overs Suryakumar Yadav fell to spinner Varun Chakravarthy for 12 and it was 111/2. Qdk and all-rounder Hardik pandya then added 38 runs in their unbroken partnership for the 3rd wicket. Pandya hit Cummins for 2 fours and a six in his 3rd over.