Despite the change in leadership, there was not much improvement in Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance as they went down to Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their previous encounter. Of course, it will be unfair to expect miracles from Eoin Morgan as he took over the reins from Dinesh Karthik the day KKR were to face Mumbai. Sunrisers Hyderabad too would be worried after two losses in a row. They just haven’t been able to find the desired consistency this season, owing to some form issues combined with injury problems.
The Mumbai Indians put up an allround show to easily romp all over Kolkata with 7 wickets in hand. With the ball, Chahar and Bumrah were impressive and later de Kock seamlessly batted through to take Mumbai to the top of the points table.
In an interesting development in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp, Dinesh Karthik has decided to handover the captaincy of the franchise to England's World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan. KKR’s official website informed on Friday that Karthik wants to focus on his batting. The wicket-keeper batsman has had a tough time, managing only 108 runs from seven games at an average of 15.42
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will have the definite edge when they take on an inconsistent Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 32 of IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai have been excellent in the tournament so far with five wins in seven games. KKR, on the other hand, are at the fourth position with four wins and three losses. They go into Friday’s contest having been bulldozed by RCB by 82 runs in their previous encounter.
AB de Villiers tore apart the KKR bowling lineup with 6 sixes and 5 fours in his knock of 73 and Chahal, Sundar kept things tight with the ball as RCB dominated the game. With five wins out of seven, Bangalore are now tied with the top two sides Mumbai and Delhi, and are only separated by net run rate.
In-form teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to move up the points table when they take on each other in match number 28 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah on Monday. Both teams go into the contest with contrasting victories in their previous match. While KKR choked Kings XI Punjab by two runs in a thriller, RCB registered a comprehensive 37-run triumph over Chennai Super Kings.
Kings XI Punjab looked like the winning side for the first 17 overs in the second innings as KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on 115 for the opening stand, but lost wickets in a cluster at the end to fall short by 2 runs. Dinesh Karthik top scored for the Kolkata Knight Riders with a 29 ball 58.
A struggling Kings XI Punjab will face another massive challenge when they take on a strong Kolkata Knight Riders in Match number 24 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi. While Punjab tasted a 69-run defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous encounter, KKR made a sensational comeback to defeat an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in the previous contest. KXIP are placed last with one win and five losses while KKR are fourth with three wins so far.
The Chennai Super Kings looked like the winning team for more than 25 overs in the match, but struggled to make it count when the time came to close out as a middle order collapse handed KKR what could have been easy yet crucial points to the Kolkata Knight Riders.