Surya: “Looks like a good score. The wicket is still a bit sticky. That is a lot of runs for our bowlers to defend. We decided to go ahead with the [second] time-out… and it exactly went how we wanted it. I just wanted to spend time, run hard… I feel we can win it! The wicket is going to remain the same. I didn’t find any dew out there.”
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Wednesday 6-4-2022. 15th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Head to head
Total matches played: 29
MI Won: 22
KKR Won: 7
KKR won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Iyer says they are comfortable chasing with “a set target in mind”. He confirms two changes: Cummins for Southee, and Rasikh for Mavi. Rohit says he would have batted anyway. Suryakumar for Anmolpreet and Brevis for David are Mumbai’s changes.
Mumbai Indians team: Rohit (capt), Kishan (wk), Suryakumar, Tilak, Pollard, Brevis, Sams, Ashwin, Mills, Basil, Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Rahane, Venketash, Shreyas (capt), Nitish, Billings (wk), Russell, Narine, Cummins, Umesh, Chakravarthy, Rasikh.
Rohit Sharma: “Never expected him to come and play like that! A lot of credit to him for the way he played. With the bat, we didn’t start well. Over the last four overs, to get 160-plus was a great effort… We had the game until the 15th over, but the way Cummins played… We thought we could have them. But this will be hard to digest – the way it turned out to be in the last few overs. There is a lot of hard work we need to put in.”
Venky Iyer: “For everyone other than Put the pitch looked very tricky. Got to give it to Pat for that on a pitch that was actually tricky to bat on. There’ll be days when you’ll not be hitting the ball as well as you want… With the batting line-up that we have with some big-hitters coming, I could play the anchor role…”
Shreyas Iyer: “I was just watching the ball fly! I couldn’t believe it. Outstanding from him. They just stuck to the plans, and before we could even execute the plan, Pat just finished it. When I went in to bat, I told him [Venky] to just time the ball. Batters batting in the top four – one has to play the anchor. I was just saying that we still haven’t played the best cricket yet. I think the pitch was the same in the powerplay of both innings. The ball was bouncing when I went in to bat.”
Pat Cummins is the Player of the Match: “I am more surprised [with that innings]! It just came off. I was not trying to overthink. That’s really satisfying. The ball seems to fly here… So just hitting on the shorter side. I am sure it sends a message…! We were lucky to keep the core of the squad like last year. Happy with how it came out [with the ball]. Overall pretty happy.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, KN Ananthapadmanabhan
TV Umpires – Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Saidharshan Kumar
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 14th Match