Leading Mumbai Indians pacer Jaspreet Bumrah has taken his first five wickets in IPL history to limit KKR to 165 for nine after a great innings by Venkatesh Iyer (43 off 24 balls) and Nitish Rana (43 off 26 balls).
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With the exception of Ishan Kishan’s 51 off 43 balls, the Mumbai batsmen were all out for 113 in 17.3 overs as they struggled to chase the innings.
KKR eventually got Tim Southee (1/10) and Pat Cummins (3/22) to play together and the move worked out a four-wicket haul for the seasoned pacers. Andre Russell also took two wickets.
Another big positive was the return to the form of Venkatesh Iyer, who had to be eliminated earlier in the competition due to his poor run after a tumultuous debut season in 2021.
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Although MI has already been eliminated from the play-off race, KKR, who have five wins in 12 games, can still make the top four with two games to go.
Earlier, KKR openers Venkatesh and Ajinkya Rahane (25 off 24 balls) added 60 runs in just 5.4 overs but the team led by Shreyas Iyer failed to capitalize on that promising start.
Rana hit 43 off 26 balls, three boundaries and four sixes, but it was Bumrah (5/10) who took five wickets in two overs to allow KKR to break, who fell in the middle row. .
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In the 15th over, Bumrah removed Russell (9) and Rana, and then in the 18th over a maiden took three wickets to bring back MI – Sheldon Jackson (5), Cummins (0) and Sunil Narine (0). The game.
Venkatesh hit three boundaries and four sixes, but died in the sixth over, giving Daniel Sams a sitter on points, with spinner Kumar Kartikeya Singh (2/32) taking his first wicket.
Venkatesh was cruel on spinner Murugan Ashwin (1/35), hitting him with his first maximum, a pool shot and then a boundary.
Southpa hit his second six in deep mid-wicket off Daniel Samser (1/26) as KKR reached 26/0 after three overs. He then targeted Riley Meredith (0/35), giving him a boundary and a six, a scoop shot, in the fifth over where KKR collected 17 runs.
Mumbai bowlers gave only 23 runs in 8-10 overs.
Karthikeyan cleans Rahane, with a full delivery that the opener was defeated while trying to reverse-sweep.
After Rahane was out, Rana went ahead and started Karthikeyan, hitting him two sixes in a row in an over long-on. He then knocked out Kieron Pollard, hitting two sixes and a boundary in the 13th over, where the team scored 17 runs.
But then it was Bumrah who defeated with the ball and firmly brought MI back into the competition.