The Kolkata Knight Riders put up a massive score of 194 courtesy a measured 81 by Rana and a quickfire 64 by Narine. Varun Chakravarthy spun a web around the DC’s middle order as he registered his career best figures of 5-20.
Second-placed Delhi Capitals will look to get back on the winning track when they face fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in the 42nd match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Well placed with 14 points from 10 matches, Delhi came up with a half-hearted effort against the ever-improving Kings XI Punjab in their previous encounter to go down by five wickets. Their opponents for Saturday, Kolkata Knigh Riders, also have plenty of work to do, as they were hammered by eight wickets by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue where they will face Delhi.
Vengeance of 2017 is what this match is called now. Back then, RCB were skittled for 49 by KKR’s pace attack and this time it was RCB’s turn to return the favour. Mohammed Siraj registered impressive figures of 3-8 as KKR could manage only 84.
Having taken down Sunrisers Hyderabad via the Super Over route, Kolkata Knight Riders will now face a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 39 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi. The inclusion of Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson made a massive difference to KKR’s fortunes as his figures of 3 for 15 stunned SRH. He was unplayable again in the Super Over, cleaning up David Warner and Abdul Samad.
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.