High-flying Mumbai continued their dominance over Kolkata with an emphatic victory in Abu Dhabi in Friday encounter, riding on De Cock's majestic knock. Despite the great recovery from Morgan and Cummins, bowlers failed to put a fight on a sluggish deck and Mumbai sealed the game with 8 wickets in hand.
Toss: Kolkata opted to bat first
Team Changes: Chris Green comes in (Kolkata)
Nathan Coulter Nile comes in ( Mumbai)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Detailed Match Report
Under the new skipper, Kolkata started their innings and Suryakumar Yadav sent Tripathi to pavilion after picking a stunner at backward point. Kolkata couldn't recover and lost Rana too. Morgan promoted Karthik at number 4 and in one over, Rahul Chahar got Gill & Karthik on successive deliveries to put them in deep trouble. Russell was the final hope and Bumrah tried a bouncer to give another blow to Kolkata. After a poor batting show, Cummins joined Morgan to take Kolkata towards a safe total. He maintained the run-rate with hitting regular boundaries and Morgan played a sheet anchor. Cummins scored his maiden T20 half-century with a cracking four in final over. With 87 runs stand for the 6th wicket, Kolkata got 148 on board. In last 2 overs, they got 35 runs with 3 sixes and 3 fours.
Kolkata started with Chris Green and pace from the other end but it didn’t work out. De Cock and Rohit Sharma made Mumbai's chase like a cakewalk with getting easy boundaries. The duo added runs for the opening wicket before Mavi got Rohit on 35. The required run rate was below 6 and the job was pretty easy for Mumbai. De Cock continued his top run with yet another half-century. Chakravarthy got Suryakumar Yadav in 14th over but it was a delayed effort. Mumbai avoided a collapse to chase down the target.
Star-performer of the match
De Cock is our star performer of the match. He started the innings on a positive note and charge the chase with Rohit Sharma. The wicket-keeper batsman finished the game with a match-winning knock of 78, including 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Top 5 players who made an impact in the game
Rahul Chahar 4-0-19-2
Pat Cummins 53 (36)
Eoin Morgan 39 (29)
De Cock 78 (44)
Rohit Sharma 35 (36)