Swashbuckling batsman Quinton de Kock hammered a quick-fire knock of 78 runs to energy defending champions Mumbai Indians to a cushty eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Match 32 of the continued 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Chasing a par whole of 149 runs to win, Mumbai Indians simply crossed the mark with 19 balls to spare.
Skipper-cum-opener Rohit Sharma (35) and his opening associate Quinton de Kock offered an ideal begin to the Mumbai franchise by stitching a vital stand of 94 runs for the primary wicket.
After Sharma fell off a Shivam Muvi supply within the 11th over, Suryakumar Yadav adopted his skipper again to the pavilion quickly after being clear bowled by Varun Chakravarthy for 10 runs within the 14th over.
De Kock then joined forces with Hardik Pandya (11-ball 21) to information MI to a crushing win. The South African completed with an unbeaten knock of 78 off 44 balls which included 9 boundaries and three sixes.
En route to his knock, De Kock additionally introduced up his third fifty of the IPL 2020 off 25 deliveries.
Earlier, Pat Cummins notched up a vital knock of 53 runs off 36 deliveries whereas coming to bat at No.7 spot to assist KKR submit a rating of 148 for 5 after opting to bat first.
Meanwhile, new KKR skipper Eoin Morgan contributed with an unbeaten knock of 39 runs off 29 balls whereas the opposite batsmen struggled in opposition to the Mumbai bowlers.Dinesh Karthik, who stood down the captain of the KKR only a few hours earlier than the conflict, fell cheaply for 4 runs.
Rahul Chahar bagged two wickets for Mumbai Indians, whereas Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with a wicket every.
With the victory, MI have reclaimed the highest spot within the IPL 2020 standings with six wins from eight matches. KKR proceed to stand on the fourth place with 4 victories in hand.
Brief scores: KKR 148/5 in 20 overs (Pat Cummins 53 not out, Eoin Morgan 39 not out; Rahul Chahar 2/18) beat MI 149/2 in 16.5 overs (Quinton de Kock 78 not out, Rohit Sharma 35; Varun Chakravarthy 1/23) by eight wickets