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IPL 2021: Big win for KKR as they beat the defending champions MI

Contrast to their last few encounters, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has comfortably beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in rather a comprehensive manner. KKR is now well and truly back to the groove. On watching them perform over in the second phase of IPL 2021 you’d start feeling “Where was this KKR in the first phase?” Their turnaround has truly been epic. As a matter of fact, they now find themselves in the top 4 and truly stand more than just a realistic chance to make it to the playoffs. Morgan’s men are now placed 4th on the IPL points table. Today’s game however started with a clinical bowling display from the spinners as well as the pacers. After Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy spun their web on the opposition batsmen, Lockie Ferguson finished it brilliantly with his variations.

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The KKR batters then left no stone unearthed and chased a modest 156 with ease. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi were absolutely sensational against a world-class bowling unit like MI. “I really enjoyed and happy that I stayed till the end and got the team home. Obviously, the coach tells us to be positive. When you are positive the pressure goes to the bowlers and you just look for runs. It was important to put their spinners under pressure. I felt it was important to get boundaries. The team environment is very positive. We wanted to hit the ground running in the second phase. Definitely very happy.” Said Rahul Tripathi after the match. His skipper Eoin Morgan was impressed by his team’s performance as well. IPL 2021: Big win for KKR as they beat the defending champions MI.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played like this. Baz has taken over for almost two seasons, so the way we are playing is now getting into his style. To hold such a strong Mumbai team, and chase it down in the manner we did gives us confidence. We were trying to fit Iyer into the XI with a lot of talented guys, and it’s fantastic with the manner he has scored runs. We never put a number on him, on how many games he will get. In the practice games, he has gone out to play this way. Baz backs him to the hilt. Just a second game for him but played with full confidence.

Sunil and Varun are formidable bowlers. Sunil has been integral in winning KKR championships in the past. Varun is a fresh guy. The first two games in this second phase have been a great template for us to play. There’s only one way for us to go in the points table, and that’s up.” Said the Englishmen during the post-match presentation.

IPL 2021: Big win for KKR as they beat the defending champions MI
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MI however has a lot of things to worry about now. Their road to the playoffs has now got a lot more complicated. However, if one has to speak about just the present then they were totally outplayed in all the three departments today. “We started really well but didn’t get enough towards the back end. I thought it was a good pitch, we failed to capitalize on the start we got and we didn’t bowl well at the start. I don’t want to look into it too much, things can happen and you have to move on.

After a good start, we had to get small partnerships but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals, it is not easy for new batters to go in and start hitting the ball. It is something that happened in the last game as well and we will address it. It is always there at the back of the mind on where you stand, we are still in the middle of the table, so we have to get back and fight and hopefully get some wins on the trot.” Said Rohit Sharma after the match got over.

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