The defending champions, Mumbai Indians kick-started their title defence with a sad note. They almost pulled it off against Royal Challengers Bangalore but lost the game in the last delivery. RCB won the game by 2 wickets to register their 11th win over Mumbai Indians.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders started their campaign on a memorable note. They got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match as they won the game by 10 runs. Case in point, Mumbai Indians locked horns with Kolkata Knight Riders today at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
KKR captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and invited Rohit Sharma’s team to bat first on a spin-friendly surface. Varun Chakravarthy provided an early breakthrough by dismissing Quinton de Kock early on in the game. The South African captain departed for just 2 runs off 6 balls.
The Proteas wicketkeeper tried to hit the ball for a six but his shot lacked timing and elevation as Rahul Tripathi took a catch in his safe pair of hands. However, Suryakumar Yadav sprung into action and continued his golden touch with the bat. He played a phenomenal role at the front to keep his captain Rohit Sharma company in the powerplay overs.
Sky went about his business like a hot knife through butter. MI captain struggled to switch gears as he rotated the strike to Surya more often than not. The 30-year-old right-handed batsman was at his fluent best with the bat. He took the bowling attack to the cleaners with relative ease.
Suryakumar Yadav has often been compared to “AB de Villiers” because of his ability to play a wide range of shots all around the park. The right-handed batsman brought the best out of himself in the game against KKR.
Suryakumar Yadav struck a gigantic six
Surya’s best part of the game came during the 10th over when he smashed a monstrous six off Pat Cummins’ bowling. The Australian speedster bowled the delivery right in the slot and Surya converted it to better effect.
Suryakumar Yadav’s shot was pleasing to the eyes as the ball travelled a long way in the stands. Surya stunned the world-class pacer by hitting a 99m six. With this shot, he brought up his half-century in style.
Watch the video below:
Sky announces his arrival
Yes, he is!
What a way to bring up your half-century!