Mumbai Indians point guard Jasprit Bumrah notched his first five-wicket run in IPL history to limit KKR to 165 for nine after fine shots from Venkatesh Iyer (43 of 24) and Nitish Rana (43 out of 26).
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Except for a 51 from 43 from Ishan Kishan, the Mumbai batters struggled to get into the chase as their innings ended at 113 in 17.3 overs.
KKR eventually played Tim Southee (1/10) and Pat Cummins (3/22) together and the move worked with the seasoned pacers sharing four wickets. Andre Russell also contributed with a few wickets.
Another big bright spot was the return to form of Venkatesh Iyer, who had to be dropped earlier in the competition due to his meager run after a sensational debut season in 2021.
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While MI was already out of the play-off race, KKR, who have five wins from 12 games, can still sneak into the top four with two games to go.
Earlier, KKR flyhalf Venkatesh and Ajinkya Rahane (25 from 24 balls) added 60 runs in just 5.4 overs after being batted, but the Shreyas Iyer-led side failed to capitalize on this promising start.
Rana battled his way to a 43 from 26, with three limits and four sixes, but it was Bumrah (5/10), who took five wickets in two overs, to hold off KKR, who suffered a collapse medium order. .
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At 15th over, Bumrah pulled out Russell (9) and Rana, then took three wickets – Sheldon Jackson (5), Cummins (0) and Sunil Narine (0), at 18th over, a young girl, to bring MI back into the Game.
Venkatesh broke three bounds and four sixes but perished in the sixth, giving Daniel Sams a keeper on point, spinner Kumar Kartikeya Singh (2/32) getting his first wicket.
Venkatesh was rough on spinner Murugan Ashwin (1/35), hitting him for his first max, a pull shot and then hammering a boundary.
The southpaw then beat his second six in the middle of Daniel Sams’ deep wicket (1/26), as KKR ran to 26/0 after three overs. He then targeted Riley Meredith (0/35), hammering him for the boundary and a six, a scoop shot, in the fifth where KKR amassed 17 points.
The Mumbai bowlers conceded just 23 runs 7-10.
Kartikeya cleared Rahane, with a full delivery that unfolded when the fly-half was beaten on a reverse sweep attempt.
After Rahane was fired, Rana upped the ante and charged into Kartikeya, hitting him for two successive sixes, one longer. He then tore up Kieron Pollard, hammering two sixes and a boundary in the 13th, where the team had 17 points.
But then it was Bumrah, who wreaked havoc with the ball and firmly brought MI back into the competition.
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