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IPL 2021: Match 5 KKR vs MI- MI won by 10 Runs

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KKR- 142/7 (20 over)

Nitish Rana- 57(47)
Andre Russell- 2-0-15-5

MI- 152/10 (20 over)

Suryakumar Yadav- 56(36)
Rahul Chahar- 4-0-27-4

Mumbai Indians (MI) register their first win by 10 Runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday in Chennai

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Man of the Match:

Harshal Patel
Rahul Chahar

There was pressure when they started well and a spinner had to pull it back. I enjoyed Tripathi’s wicket. I was confident in my abilities as I have been playing the IPL for 2-3 years. I know Gill well, and I also know he can’t keep hitting me out of the park on a regular basis. I can spin at 90 kph and that’s my strength. I had an idea about Nitish walking down the track, so I bowled a flipper outside off on the last ball of my spell. My confidence is sometimes down, but Rohit shows confidence in me to lift me up. Mumbai Indians takes care of its players during the off season as well, and that’s why it is such a special franchise.

—Rahul Chahar, Man of the Match

Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Andre Russell

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Suryakumar Yadav

CRED Power Player of the Match: Nitish Rana

Safari Super Striker of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav

Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Andre Russell

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Quinton de Kock

Krunal Pandya was brilliant. He had silly-point and slip to Dre Russ at one point and KKR found it tough to get him off the square. 4-0-13-1 was exceptional. It was Rahul Chahar’s spirited effort that gave MI the belief. He got turn, bounce and he got Rana, Gill, Tripathi and Morgan. Rohit went with the experience of Boult and the left-armer didn’t disappoint. Bumrah 4-0-28-0 it shows. But never ever believe the scorecard. He gave just four singles and two dots in the penultimate over and don’t forget, got into the oppositions head with all those miscalculations of trying to target other bowlers. You are a champion player if you are not just playing on the field, but also on the minds of the opposition.

Good feeling to close a game like that. Shows the importance of staying in the game. Four tidy overs in the backend and Bumrah played a big role. He was disappointed that he dropped the catch (off Russell) but he was the crucial part in getting us back into the game. These guys (spinners) are very experienced and they kept the dots building. It’s never easy to start on wickets like these and we knew it’s gonna be tricky and nice to get a couple of wickets in the end.

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STATsBest figures in a defeat in IPL
6/19 A Zampa RPS v SRH Vizag 2016
5/14 A Rajpoot KXIP v SRH Hybd 2018
5/15 A Russell KKR v MI Chennai 2021 *

Winning Captain, Rohit Sharma (MI):

Was a great fightback, excellent fightback by each one of them. You don’t see a game like this often. Lots of confidence from this game and we move forward. KKR batted brilliantly in the powerplay. Rahul came and got us crucial wickets in the middle;. Krunal bowling those overs at the end was vital as well. It was a complete team effort and credit to all the bowlers. As batters you need to carry on. The trend in Chennai is you can’t hit from ball one. You have to plan before you go into bat. We were 15-20 runs short. Should have batted well at the fag end. We need to understand how we need to bat at the death but I don’t want to take anything away from the boys. SKY has carried his form well. He plays fearless and it’s a positive sign for us in the first few overs. We need a guy there to do that. We have done the finishing part well as a team, just that we need to understand the surfaces here and adapt.

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Losing Captain, Eoin Morgan (KKR):

‘Yes, disappointing (to lose). Played some really good cricket for most parts of the game, we looked comfortable in the chase, but they are a strong team, came back well and sad that it didn’t work out for us. Made a few mistakes, will need to sort it out. A perfect game needs to be bold, it came to cost us in the last 10 overs of the game (not being bold enough to finish off the chase). We needed to bat around and complete the chase – not quite sure what happened (speaking if the pitch tended to go slow in the second innings), in the games that have been played so far, barring AB de Villiers in the chase (in the RCB v MI game), that seems to be telling a tale (of teams struggling in the run-chase). We put ourselves in a good position to win today, but then not to win, that’s something we need to take care of.’

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