The Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was expected to be a close contest but it turned out to be a one-sided affair. Mumbai Indians registered an impressive and easy nine-wicket victory after chasing paltry 134 at the Wankhede Stadium. After Mumbai Indians’ bowlers did a fabulous job, batsmen complimented with a good show. With this defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are out of IPL 2019 and it is Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who qualify for the next round. IPL 2019 Playoffs Time Table and Updated Points Table: Check Complete Schedule and Fixtures of Knockout Stage of Indian Premier League 12.
For Mumbai Indians, skipper Rohit Sharma finished unbeaten on 55 off just 48 balls along with him Suryakumar Yadav also remained unbeaten on 46 off just 27 balls. Quinton de Kock was the only wicket MI lost and he scored 30 off 23 balls.
Following the victory, Rohit said that the win was a team effort. “It was the team effort that pleased me the most. We don't depend on a few individuals to take us through, there are a lot of characters who put their hand up and took us through. Today, the entire bowling attack used the pitch and their variations really well to keep a line up like KKR quiet. IPL 2019 Points Table Updated: MI, CSK, DC and SRH Qualify for Playoffs.
It is something we know about the IPL that the business end matters, we always come back well in the second half of this tournament. In all the three trophies that we've won, the boys have picked themselves up in the business end. IPL is a funny tournament, any team can beat the other on a day and we want to take few tiny steps,” he said.
Here are some stats from MI vs KKR IPL 2019 match
# Rohit Sharma has now scored 824 runs against KKR, the third-most by a batsman against a team in IPL.
# KKR, 56, now have taken the fewest wickets by a team in an IPL season.
# KKR have now lost eight matches out if nine at the Wankhede Stadium.
# SRH becomes first team to qualify for IPL playoffs with just 12 points.
Earlier bowling first, MI restricted KKR to 133 for seven in their allotted 20 overs. Lasith Malinga took three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya chipped in with two wickets each. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will now face Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 while Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will meet in the Eliminator.