Quinton de Kock delivered another brilliant showing with the bat as the Mumbai Indians continued their excellent run with an eight-wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.
The Proteas skipper carried his bat with a knock of 78 from 44 deliveries to guide Mumbai to their fifth consecutive victory in the IPL as they move back to the top of the table.
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Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first – a decision that didn’t quite go according to plan with the Mumbai bowlers doing a tidy job to restrict them to 148-5 in their 20 overs.
Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Rahul Chahar made early inroads that saw the Knight Riders slump to 61-5.
Morgan and Pat Cummins, though, gave their team a total to defend with a 87-run partnership with the Australian particularly in destructive mode with a valuable 53 off 36 deliveries.
De Kock and Sharma on the other hand made a very hand start with the bat by racing to 94-0 before the latter departed for 35.
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The South African, though, took the Knight Riders bowlers apart with three sixes and nine fours in his innings, while Hardik Pandya added a quick-fired 21 to get Mumbai over the line.