On Friday, October 16, Mumbai Indians (MI) registered a dominating win of 8 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which helped them to reach the top of the points surpassing the Delhi Capitals (DC). Quinton de Kock became the player of the match for playing a match-winning half-century for his team and finished the game with Hardik Pandya.
The southpaw opened the batting and saw his team over the line after scoring 78 off just 44 balls with the help of nine fours and three massive hits into the stands. When MI were chasing 149, De Kock put forth a 94-run stand with skipper Rohit Sharma, putting his side, well and truly, on the driver’s seat.
Even after Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav were dismissed in quick succession, De Kock didn’t panicked as he kept on tonking the KKR bwolers. In the end, the Mumbai-based franchise went over the line with 19 balls to spare. A couple of more wins going forward would also assure them a berth in the playoffs.
In the meantime, Graeme Swann, the former England cricketer, had an opinion on De Kock and Hardik Pandya’s partnership. He took to Twitter and wrote, “A dream partnership for someone in as daft a mood as I am today.”
A dream partnership for someone in as daft a mood as I am today 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/jEZVkogCs7
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) October 16, 2020
As far as Pandya is concerned, he is yet to bowl a single delivery in this eduiton of teh IPL, as he recently recovered from a back injury. However, the youngster has been doing his job with precision with the bat in hand. He came to bat, on Friday, at a stage when MI needed to score at around six runs per over. He started slowly but went berserk against Pat Cummins, the Knights’ premier fast bowler.
Hardik smashed Cummins for a couple of fours and a six to bring MI close to victory. In the end, he stayed not out on 21 off 11 with three fours and a six. Mumbai are next scheduled to face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday, October 18 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.