Quinton de Kock smashed at 78 not out to a comfortable 8 wickets victory over KKR in Indian Premier League at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) new captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first against Mumbai. Earlier today, Dinesh Karthik volunteered to hand over the captaincy to Morgan.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are on top having accounted for the dismissals of 5 wickets of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen. Pick of the bowler Rahul Chahar took 2 wickets in his spell 4-0-18-2 to push KKR on Back foot. Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah extracted good movement with the new ball and didn’t allow Shubman Gill,  Rahul Tripathi and Andre Russell to get off to an explosive start.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were down before Pat Cummins 53 runs off 36 deliveries and Eoin Morgan 39 runs off 29 deliveries to impel them to a competitive total of 148/5 against Mumbai Indians (MI).

Mumbai Indians (MI) have lost Rohit Sharma 35 runs off 36 balls and Suryakumar Yadav 10 runs off 10 balls, with the side handed a target of 149 runs.

Mumbai Indians (MI) has lost Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav while chasing of 149. But they were no match to Quinton de Kock who hammered a 44-ball 78 and guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to an eight-wicket win

Quinton de Kock – Man of the Match – To be honest, I’m not very sure – it’s the best shot I have in my armoury (talking about his leg-side game), I like to play it and it’s nice when it comes off. It’s all about keeping my balance, I don’t work too much on the cross-bat shots, it’s important to stay in line while playing those. I was disappointed at not finishing it off last game, Mahela had a word to us – he keeps us in check, in focus, it’s nice to have such people around. I have played enough to not think too much about the keeping – everyone does drop catches and I’m not any different. I’m working on some aspects of the keeping, but I think I can keep improving on that aspect of the game

Eoin Morgan | KKR captain: We weren’t in the race at all really, being four or five down. Managed to get a score on the board but when Mumbai play like that, they are hard to stop. Guys fought hard but just not enough runs on the board. No.4, 5 and 6 we have lot of experience. We’re trying to adapt according to the situations. Don’t think it would have made much difference today.

A stroll in the park for MI – they started well with the ball, let the match slip away a little bit in the last 8 overs, but then came up with a dominant display with the bat to seal victory. Eoin Morgan’s KKR captaincy begins with a disappointing loss. Won the toss and watched half his team back in the hut with just 61 on the board. He then found an unlikely ally in Pat Cummins – the latter made his first IPL half-century and 148 could have been challenging. Not so for de Kock – he blazed away in a rapid powerplay period, Rohit played second fiddle, they did lose a couple of wickets, but the result was never in doubt. That puts MI back on top with 12 points while KKR stay in the middle-table muddle, with 4 wins and 4 losses.

Rohit Sharma|MI captain – It’s special to chase and win, gives us plenty of confidence. We didn’t chase a lot in the first half (of the tournament), think we were clinical with both bat and ball, the expected performance was there. I thought we turned up very well, right from the start. I believe a lot in match-ups, we have got success as a team (doing it) – understanding the match-ups is important but we need to be instinctive at times. Krunal and Rahul also bowled to Russell, I took a chance with the ball gripping and turning, but I knew Bumrah was the go to guy against him. I prefer batting with him (de Kock), he’s very straightforward, likes to take on the bowler from the word go – but I usually like to assess the situation. Will let him play the way he wants to, don’t want to put any pressure on him. This tournament is very funny, can’t take the foot off the pedal at any time, we have seen teams lose at times. The guys are very hungry, they haven’t played a lot over the last six months – be it Ishan or Hardik, they want to play and they want to win.

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