Playing XI for both teams
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Captains at the toss!
Rohit Sharma: “Feel confident. We had a great last game here, it’s another challenge to come out and chase a target. It gives us another opportunity to come out and express ourselves. It is important to make sure everyone are fresh, not playing for a long period is easy for players to get injured. We have one change. James Pattinson misses out and Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in. We are managing the workload and that’s the thought behind it.”
Eoin Morgan: “We are gonna bat first. The wicket looks good, hopefully we can get good score on the board. It all happened yesterday (the captaincy change), DK came to myself and head coaches, decided it is better for the team and he also needs to focus on his batting. It just shows the culture we’ve created. We have made two changes. Banton and Nagarkoti go out. Mavi and Green come in.”
Team news – Two changes for KKR! Shivam Mavi and Chris Green come in for Tom Banton and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. MI have brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of James Pattinson.
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Toss news – Kolkata Knight Riders new skipper Eoin Morgan wins the toss and opts to bat against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi
Pitch report – “The side to my right is a smaller one. It’s a fresh wicket, a little bit of green grass. We have seen assistance for the pacers. There is not a lot of turn here, so the spinners need to vary their pace,” said Danny Morrison and JP Duminy.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial encounter.
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A reminder of the the big development that took place earlier today in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik stepped down from the leadership duties and has passed on the baton to England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan.
UPDATE: Dinesh Karthik has handed over @KKRiders captaincy to Eoin Morgan. Starting from 2018, Karthik led #KKR in… https://t.co/JdbAnw8vtG
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Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 32 of IPL 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.
An explosive batting line-up and a lethal-at-death bowling attack will give defending champions Mumbai Indians a definitive edge over Kolkata Knight Riders when the two teams clash in an IPL game here on Friday.
The defending champions are on a roll having won their last four games, while there are problems aplenty for KKR, who were decimated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs in their last game.
Mumbai Indians are thus unlikely to tinker with their playing XI.
For KKR, questions remain as to whether their key spinner Sunil Narine, who has been once reported for suspect bowling action, will play or not. He had missed the game against RCB even as KKR hoped for an “early resolution” to the issues surrounding his controversial action.
In the event of Narine missing out again, Mumbai will fancy their chances even more at the Sheikh Zayed stadium, where skipper Rohit Sharma has scored both his half-centuries this season.
Sharma (216 runs), on his day, can pummel any attack to submission and particularly enjoys playing against Kolkata. When the two teams met last, Mumbai rode on his belligerent 80 to register a 49-run win.
Apart from Sharma, the Mumbai top and middle-order is in good form – be it Quinton De Kock (191 runs) or Suryakumar Yadav (233 runs), who would like to continue in the same vein.
Ishan Kishan (186 runs) underlined his potential with a blistering 99 against RCB, but the Jharkhand player needs to convert his starts into big scores to make his presence felt.
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene would be pleased with the likes of Hardik Pandya and swashbuckling Kieron Pollard, who have been launching into the opposition attack with their big-hitting prowess along with Krunal Pandya.
Given the trio’s abilities, they can rip apart the KKR attack, especially one sans Narine.
On the bowling front too, Mumbai looks a settled unit with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah providing early breakthroughs. They are complemented by Australian James Pattinson and the trio has accounted for 31 wickets.
Spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal will be again looking to contain the KKR batters.
Meanwhile, the biggest drawback for KKR is the inconsistent performance of their batsmen, particularly Andre Russell, who has just managed a meagre 71 runs from seven games.
There was talk of Russell being promoted up the order, but he continues to bat down and hasn’t done justice to his abilities.
Kolkata also possesses a number of batsmen who can take any attack to cleaners. It comprises the young and elegant Shubman Gill, England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana and skipper Dinesh Karthik, but they have not got going barring the odd game.
The management would be hoping that come Friday, they fire in unison to reduce pressure on young guns Rahul Tripathi and Tom Banton.
KKR bowlers did well to fashion narrow victories against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, but were profligate against RCB when Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishan leaked 38 and 42 runs respectively.
They would want to forget the hammering and regain form.
KKR may also look to play Kuldeep Yadav, who was dropped after playing just three games, in place of a third pacer.
He can come in handy along with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was economical in the game against RCB.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians bowled in right areas in last 5 overs, we were 20 runs short, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News
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After restricting RCB to 164 for six, thanks to their effective death bowling led by pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah (3/14), Mumbai Indians rode on Suryakumar Yadav‘s blistering 79 to chase down the target with five wickets and as many balls to spare.
“It was a strange phase of batting out there (in the last five overs), everything we hit went to the fielders and right into the hands as well, these things happen on the field.
“They bowled in good areas and they bowled in right channels in the last five overs and we were 20 runs short of what could have been a par-score,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Not the result we wanted. We continue the work. Focus on the next one. #PlayBold @RCBTweets https://t.co/thQHgcnBhN
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According to Kohli, his team was in the game till the 17th over of Mumbai’s chase, but the opposition batted well and finished the game in a professional manner.
“Still I think we gave a good fight with the ball and were in the game right till about 17th over and it was a decent effort by the boys.
“The game was tight till about the 17th, probably we needed a couple of wickets there, they batted really well to play that phase out and finish professionally,” added Kohli.
A night to learn from. A night to grow from. 👊🏻@imVkohli#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #Dream11IPL https://t.co/R7clJygoW2
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RCB, despite the loss, are sitting at the second spot in the points table and Kohli felt if the team wins the final two games, then it would finish in the top two.
“Some teams peak early and some teams have off games at the wrong time. I think, the bottom half of the table, those teams are playing some really good cricket.
“We are going to focus on what we can do, we have two more games, we win both, then we definitely finish top two,” said Kohli.
Winning skipper Kieron Pollard lauded Suryakumar, saying time and again he has stamped his class.
“Time and time again, no matter the situation, he (Surya) continues to show the class of a player he is. He must be very, very disappointed not to don the blue as yet for India but I think he is very, very close.
“As a spectator I am looking from the outside, he has done some amazing things for us in this franchise and the most he can do is continue to make the bat talk and score runs for us and, hopefully, that takes us all the way,” said Pollard.
IPL 2020, MI vs RCB: Ignored Suryakumar makes statement, Mumbai Indians put one foot in play-offs | Cricket News
Not considered for the tour of Australia despite his consistent run in domestic cricket and IPL, Suryakumar led MI’s chase of 165 and helped the defending champions reach the target with five balls to spare.
Earlier, Jaspirit Bumrah (3/14) was his usual devastating self in the death overs as MI pulled things back to restrict RCB to 164 for six.
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During the game, Bumrah picked up his 100th IPL wicket in the form of RCB captain Virat Kohli, who, incidentally, also was his first scalp in the lucrative event.
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The win meant that Mumbai Indians continued to top the table with 16 points. With another two games left, they are all but through to the play-offs.
‘I got this’.#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #Dream11IPL #MIvRCB @surya_14kumar https://t.co/dup5ZL82cO
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The second half belonged to Surya, who plundered 10 fours and 3 sixes, and he not only took the team out of trouble after early jitters, but also took them home.
Hardik Pandya (17) played a useful cameo.
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MI were in spot of bother at 72 for three, having lost openers Ishan Kishan (25), Quinton De Kock (18) and Saurabh Tiwary (5) cheaply.
But that did not deter Surya, who initially upped the ante in the 10th over, hammering a six and four off Yuzvendra Chahal (2-37).
Surya namaskar 🙏🏻. Stay strong and patient @surya_14kumar #MIvsRCB https://t.co/oJEJhekwpC
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Surya and Krunal Pandya (10) collected 13 runs off the 12th over and then he took on Dale Steyn, hitting him for three fours.
A determined Surya kept playing shots at will and hammered three boundaries in the 16th over as the equation came down to 35 runs from 24 balls.
He played round the park and fittingly finished the game with a boundary.
Earlier, Devdutt Padikkal pummelled the Mumbai attack into submission with a 45-ball 74.
Put in to bat, Padikkal, who smashed 12 fours and a six, added 71 runs for the opening wicket with Josh Philippe (33).
However, the RCB then suffered a middle-order collapse as Mumbai roared back into the game with lead pacer Bumrah doing the bulk of damage.
Padikkal began with a boundary over deep extra cover and then struck successive fours off Krunal Pandya, as RCB fetched 12 runs in the third over.
The two openers continued playing their shots, the highlight being Philippe’s six over Trent Boult’s head in the fifth over.
Padikkal then went on the offensive against James Pattinson, collecting two fours, as RCB raced to 54 for no loss in six overs.
However, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (1/43) pulled things back for Mumbai, removing Philippe, who was stumped by Quinton De Kock.
Padikkal, who hit another two boundaries off Chahar, completed his fifty with another four.
Skipper Virat Kohli (9) perished early as RCB slipped to 95/2, but Padikkal continued his onslaught against Chahar, hammering a six and two fours, as RCB got 16 runs in the 15th over.
Mumbai then took four wickets in quick succession, removing AB De Villiers (15), Shivam Dube (2), Padikkal and Chris Morris (4), as RCB slumped to 138/6.
Gurkeerat Mann made a quick 14 but Mumbai Indians, known for their effectiveness in the death, allowed RCB only 35 runs in the last five overs.
IPL 2020: Suryakumar leads Mumbai Indians to five-wicket win over RCB
Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics with the ball restricted RCB to 164/6 wickets after which Suryakumar Yadav led his team to victory with an unbeaten 79 off 43 balls at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Suryakumar hit the winning runs with a four and took MI to victory with five balls to spare. He hit 10 fours and three sixes in his innings. He anchored the innings after walking into the middle in the sixth over, notably putting up a 51-run stand with Hardik Pandya for the fifth wicket that all but sealed the win for MI.
Kieron Pollard faced just one ball after Pandya’s dismissal, which he dispatched for four and thus left his team needing just three to win off the last over.
Earlier, were off to a strong start with openers Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe putting up a partnership of 71 runs in 47 balls. Padikkal then struck up useful partnerships with RCB captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers but the team went into a tailspin after the latter’s dismissal.
de Villiers looked like he was on his way to a big score before MI’s stand-in captain Kieron Pollard dismissed him in the 16th over. Bumrah was then brought back for the 17th and the over ended up being a double-wicket maiden as he got Shivam Dube and the big wicket of Padikkal in the over.
Boult then dismissed Chris Morris in the 18th over after which Gurkeerat Mann Singh and Washington Sundar took RCB beyond the 160-run mark.
Brief scores: RCB: 164/6 wkts in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 74, Josh Philippe 33; Jasprit Bumrah 3/14) lost to MI 166/6 wkts in 19.1 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 79 not out, Ishan Kishan 25; Mohammed Siraj 2/28) by 5 wkts
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