After beating Mumbai Indians by 52 runs at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders moved to seventh position in the IPL points standings. PAT CUMMINS RETURNED WITH THREE WICKETS after the KKR were reduced to 165 for nine. After the triumph, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer spoke about how tough it is to inform players they aren’t in the playing XI and how the “CEO (Venky Mysore) is engaged in squad selection.”
“It’s pretty challenging since I was in the same situation when I first began playing the IPL. We spoke with the coaches, and the CEO is undoubtedly engaged in squad selection, so Baz (Brendon McCullum) goes to the players and informs them. They’re all supportive in terms of decision-making and how they show up on the field and support each other; I’m proud of it as captain, and I’m delighted with how we played today. “At the post-match presentation, Iyer added.
Iyer remarked of the victory against the Mumbai Indians: “Yes. If you look at the prior games we lost, particularly the last one, we lost by a large margin, so coming back and winning by a large margin is fulfilling, and that’s exactly what we wanted. We got off to a tremendous start on the powerplay, and Nitish came in after that. He took his time at first, but after seeing how he smashed sixes off Pollard, he decided it was the appropriate over to take on, and he did.”
“However, I thought it was tough for the new hitters to adjust and keep going. They just needed a few balls to get set, and once you know how the wicket is performing, you can quickly capitalize, so that was the conversation we had today, in my opinion, “He said.
KKR scored 165/9 in 20 overs while batting first. Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer both scored 43 runs. KKR were cruising at 123/2 in the 13th over, but Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc with his highest bowling stats in the IPL: 5/10.
No Mumbai Indians hitter was able to remain at the crease for the whole game, and they were eventually dismissed for 113 runs. Andre Russell claimed two wickets, while Cummins took three.