Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik refused to level fingers at the place it all went incorrect for them in their IPL 2020 opener but did rue his team’s “rusty” functionality towards Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a humiliating 49-run defeat towards Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium start their campaign on a disappointing note.
Chasing 196 for victory, Kolkata could only handle 146 for 9 in their allotted twenty overs as most of their major-buy batsmen struggled to uncover their type and timing during the 2nd innings.
KKR’s functionality was so bad that quickly bowler Pat Cummins, IPL’s most pricey overseas player, was their highest scorer with 33 runs off twelve balls.
“I consider we had parts to do nicely in bat and ball. I consider it was a fairly rusty day to be sincere, I do not want to get as well analytical about it but it can be okay the boys realise the place they could have performed superior,” Karthik explained immediately after the reduction.
“Couple of the guys – Cummins and Morgan – just completed their quarantine these days, it is challenging – taking part in in the heat and having utilised to the situations. Never want to be as well analytical, the boys place in a fantastic energy,” Karthik extra.
This was KKR’s initial defeat in their opening match of the IPL considering that 2013 and their 20th towards MI, who registered their initial-ever IPL win in the United Arab Emirates immediately after six successive defeats.
MI have been propelled to 195 for five score by their captain Rohit Sharma, who smashed 80 off 54 balls with six sixes and 3 boundaries. He was ably supported by Suryakumar Yadav (47) and Saurabh Tiwary (21) throughout the innings.
With the ball it was the quickly-bowling trio of James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult who induced most of the harm with two wickets just about every for the defending champions.