IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians to boost play-off hopes

Venkatesh Iyer scored 93 runs in two IPL innings

Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders won their second consecutive win in the rearranged Indian Premier League. This was to increase their play-off chances and reduce those of Mumbai Indians.

KKR chased 156 with Rahul Tripathi scoring 74 from 52 balls, Venkatesh Iyer scoring a 53-ball 33 in his second IPL appearance.

Mumbai was a former capital of India. Quinton de Kock made 55 and Rohit Sharma, 33 respectively.

KKR moves up to fourth - the last play-off spot – while Mumbai is fifth.

After the May competition was delayed due to an increase in coronavirus infections in India, the IPL resumed on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates.

Iyer impresses once again for KKR

Venkatesh (right) talked to Virat Kohli, India's captain of RCB, about batting following KKR’s nine-wicket win Monday

Shubman Gill, Iyer and England captain Morgan are good indicators that KKR were led.

Morgan instilled fearlessness in England's white-ball cricket, and he is continuing the tradition at KKR.

Iyer is a shining example of that courage. Although he is only 26 years old, he has the ability to be a complete novice in IPL terms. He also showed maturity and brains by enrolling to an accounting degree.

He pulled and flicked the leg-side boundary and drove through the covers and to the ground to demonstrate the 360-degree ability that all modern-day players have.

The left-handed player was defeated by KKR, who needed 28 of 50 balls. However, he had already put his side in a winning position.

Brendon McCullum, KKR's coach, said that Iyer could be "the type to score a hundred and then get out for nought or nought". Is he able to get one more run in KKR's game against Chennai on Sunday

Before Ferguson shines, match-up works

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians' captain, became the first to score 1,000 runs against an IPL franchise in his 30-ball 33.

Mumbai was 56-0 at the end of six-over powerplay. Rohit and De Kock, two of the most explosive batters worldwide, were both well placed and a large total appeared possible.

Rohit, who was returning from a hamstring injury and making his first 1,000 run against one franchise in the IPL, made history before he fought off Sunil Narine of West Indies.

It was a match-up that was talked about during the powerplay - KKR started with four spin overs - and it worked out with Narine having now dismissed Rohit nine times.

Mumbai was left at 80-1 after the 10th over. KKR could squeeze from there.

Spin was difficult to play, costing only 47 runs from nine. Morgan had exhausted his main options by the 12th over and there was concern that Mumbai would capitalize on the pace bowlers at end.

The 18th over cost 18 but KKR won the game with 75 runs and five wickets.

Ferguson, New Zealand's main man, was the dominant player. He changed his pace well and ran from 90.7 to 75.2 mph in the final lap.

He was difficult to catch with his line and length and the change-ups. In the end, Kieron Pollard was run out and Krunal Paandya was wicketd. The final over lasted just six runs.