From 61/5, New Captain Morgan & Cummins Take KKR to 148/5 vs MI
From 61/5, Morgan (39*) and Pat Cummins (36-ball 53*) steadied KKR’s innings with an unbeaten 87-run stand.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ new era with recently-appointed captain Eoin Morgan hasn’t got off to the best of starts. On a day when the Englishman replaced Dinesh Karthik at the helm, the two-time champions were restricted to 148/5 by Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 16 October.
From 61/5, Morgan (39*) and Pat Cummins (36-ball 53*) steadied KKR’s innings with an unbeaten 87-run stand, taking them to a decent total.
KKR also made two changes in their line-up with Chris Green and Shivam Mavi coming in place of Tom Banton and Kamlesh Nagarkoti while Mumbai Indians replaced James Pattinson with Nathan Coulter-Nile.
After Morgan chose to bat, KKR lost their first wicket early as Suryakumar Yadav took a stunning catch to dismiss Rahul Tripathi for 7. New man in Nitish Rana (5) faced just six deliveries before becoming Coulter-Nile’s first wicket of the season.
Rahul Chahar then put the brakes on KKR’s innings by picking up two scalps in two balls – dismissing opener Shubman Gill (23-ball 21) and Dinesh Karthik (4).
Skipper Morgan and Andre Russell had added just 19 runs together when Jasprit Bumrah removed the latter for 12 (off 9 balls), reducing KKR to 61/5 in 10.4 overs.
From there, Morgan and Pat Cummins stitched an unbroken 87-run partnership to help steady KKR’s innings.
Cummins reached the 50-run mark off 35 deliveries – his first half-century in T20 cricket. His knock included five boundaries and two sixes while Morgan hit in two fours and two maximums during his 29-ball knock.
Boult (1/32), Coulter-Nile (1/51) and Bumrah (1/22) picked up a wicket each while Chahar returned with 2/18. Krunal Pandya (0/23) was the only bowler to go wicketless in the innings.
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