Published:24 September 2021
After winning the toss and bowling first, KKR performed disciplined bowling to restrict MI to 155 for 6. MI raced to 80 for 1 in 10 overs on a rugged batting surface where the ball didn't come on to the bat. Though most MI batters could not time the ball, KKR's bowlers began to slow it down.
Quinton de Kock (55 off 42 balls) and Rohit Sharma (33 off 30 balls) shared 78 runs for the first wicket. However, once the tandem was split, KKR's bowlers took control of the game until the end. Varun Chakravarthy (0/22) and Sunil Narine (0/22) both gave up less than six runs per over, while Lockie Ferguson took 2 for 27. Prasidh Krishna (2/43) had a terrific game, bowling his penultimate over for 18 runs.
In the opening half of MI's innings, Rohit and de Kock dominated. KKR surprised everyone by bowling first with part-time off-spinner Nitish Rana. As he smashed the opening ball past mid-off for four, it was just what Rohit needed on his comeback. Sunil Narine was pulled to deep midwicket by Rohit in his first over, and de Kock reverse-swept him for four.
Chakravarthy's fourth over started with Rohit hitting two consecutive boundaries, the first lofted over mid-off, and the second flicked to fine leg. De Kock then hit three sixes in two overs, one-off Ferguson and two off Krishna, to help MI finish the powerplay on 56 for no loss.
Andre Russell was introduced by KKR in the ninth over, and De Kock greeted him with two searing fours. After creaming one past extra cover, the left-hander nearly knocked down his skipper, slamming the following ball over Rohit, who had to take evasive action.
KKR got their much-needed breakthrough in the tenth over when Rohit fell to Narine, unable to clear long-on with his attempted big smash. Suryakumar Yadav (5) got caught behind Krishna and gained the upper hand while attempting a wide shot. It was more than just a wicket for MI; it was a game-changer.
De Kock was bowled soon after reaching fifty, mistiming a slower Krishna ball to midwicket. Ishan Kishan (14) then toe-ended Ferguson's pull. On the other hand, Krishna bowled a bad penultimate over to give the MI innings some impetus.
Kieron Pollard (21 off 15) hit a six to deep midwicket and a four to fine leg. He was dismissed for 18 in his 18th overs, which featured a no-ball and two wides. Two wickets fell in Ferguson's final over, and MI's sole comfort was that they reached 150 runs.