Recent Match Report – KKR vs Mumbai 56th Match 2022

Kolkata Knight Riders 165 for 9 (V Iyer 43, Rana 43, Bumrah 5-10, Kartikeya 2-32) beat Mumbai Indians 113 (Kishan 51, Cummins 3-22, Russell 2-22) by 52 runs

It’s a rare old funk that Mumbai Indians find themselves in this season. Not even a performance for the ages from Jasprit Bumrah could extend their dead-cat bounce of a return to form, as Kolkata Knight Riders responded with a ferocious bowling display of their own – backed up by excellent fielding including two game-sealing run-outs in as many balls – to keep alive their own fading play-off hopes with an improbably comprehensive 52-run win.

Such is the runaway nature of this year’s top four that KKR still need favours from the teams around them to get back into full title contention. But at least, with 10 points now from 12 games, they haven’t been condemned permanently to also-ran status just yet, thanks to a brace of hard-hitting 43s from Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana that proved sufficient to post a passable total of 165 for 9.
That score, however, was roughly 30 runs less than might have been anticipated once Bumrah had finished his rampage. In the space of nine balls, he dynamited five wickets for four runs – doubling his tally for the season in the process, having managed just five all told in his first ten outings of Mumbai’s non-starter of a season.

However, that effort was later matched in tag-team fashion by KKR’s own heavyweights, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins. The former was used like a bite of reality with a wicket apiece in each of his first two overs, before he presided over a chaotic denouement in his uncompleted third; the latter purred into the endgame with a burst to rival Bumrah’s intervention – three in his third over as an uncomfortable chase became an impossible one. It’s been that sort of a season for the IPL’s most storied champions.

Bumrah blitzes KKR’s lower order

There are match-ups, and then there are match-ups. Bumrah to Russell, in the 15th over of a well-established first innings, is very much of the latter variety.

Bumrah had bowled a solitary over up until his re-introduction, conceding five runs in the process including a sweetly timed boundary first-ball. He returned with KKR ominously placed on 136 for 3, and with Russell already swinging from the hip with a monstrous second-ball six to his name. What came next was simply dynamite viewing.

Bumrah’s opening gambit was a howling yorker, as pinpoint accurate as such things are possible to be. Russell did exceptionally to dig it out from under his toes with the straightest blade of his career. But it was just a one-ball reprieve. Bumrah went hard into the pitch next ball, luring a wild swipe across the line as Kieron Pollard steadied himself to swallow a vital chance at long-on.

Three balls later, and a well-set Rana drifted into Bumrah’s sights – he’d picked up his own tempo with four sixes in eight balls, driving Pollard to distraction in the process to reach 43 from 25. But Bumrah had the answer for Rana’s skittish footwork – a grille-seeking bouncer, gloved uneasily through to Kishan, whose conviction in the appeal was upheld by UltraEdge. It was game-changing stuff from Mumbai’s mightiest weapon, and he was only just getting started.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

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