IPL: KKR stumble despite Russell’s five wicket haul

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Defending Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 wickets in match 5 of the IPL 2021 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

KKR won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mumbai.

KKR made no changes in their playing XI, while Quinton de Kock replaced Chris Lynn in Mumbai’s XI. 

Pat Cummins drew first blood by getting rid of de Kock with the score at 10.

However, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav looked comfortable as they took the score to 86, when Yadav fell.

Yadav looked in fine nick.

He scored 56 off 36 balls and went after the KKR spinners, who after bowling five of the six power-play overs, had put the brakes on MI.

Yadav hit three fours in Harbhajan Singh’s second over. Overall, he hit two sixes and seven fours as he looked to take MI to a strong total.

Apart from Rohit’s 43 and Yadav’s 56, no other batsman contributed as Mumbai were all out for 152.

Russell returned with the figures of 5/15 in 2 overs to register his best bowling figures in IPL.

In pursuit of a 153-run target, KKR were restricted to 142 for 7 in 20 overs.

Nitish Rana top-scored for KKR with a 47-ball 57 and gets the Orange Cap.

For a large part of the innings, KKR looked to be in control.

At the end of 17th over, they needed just 22 runs with Russell and Karthik in the middle. 

However the last 3 overs, delivered by Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult swung the match in Mumbai’s favour.

Bumrah conceded just 4 runs in the 19th over.

In the 20th over, Boult claims two wickets to seal the deal for Mumbai.

MI spinner Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers who returned with 4/27 – his best bowling figures in an IPL innings.

Mumbai Indians 153 (Yadav 56, Rohit 43, Russell 5-15) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 142 for 7 (Rana 57, Gill 33, Chahar 4-27) by 10 runs