Mumbai Indians leg spinner Rahul Chahar bowls against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Friday night. - BCCI/IPL
Dubai - Leg spinner Rahul Chahar takes two for 18
Pat Cummins and newly-installed captain Eoin Morgan were involved in damage control as the Kolkata Knight Riders put up something to fight with against IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.
Cummins scored his maiden IPL half-century, an unbeaten 53 from 36 deliveries with five boundaries and two sixes, while Morgan, who took over the reins from Dinesh Karthik, made an unbeaten 39 from 29 balls with two fours and two sixes as the two-time winners mustered 148-5 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Leg spinner Rahul Chahar took two for 18.
The Mumbai Indians bowling attack had the Kolkata Knight Riders batting in tatters. Kiwi left-arm pacer Trent Boult started the slide by having opener Rahul Tripathi brilliantly caught by Suryakumar Yadav at point. Suryakumar Yadav seems to be on roll when it comes to taking some blinders this season and the Mumbaikar has come to be known by the moniker 'Sky.'
Left-hander Nitish Rana then gloved Nathan Coulter-Nile into the gloves of Quinton de Kock to leave the Knight Riders on 33-2.
Chahar was on a hat-trick after removing opener Shubman Gill and Karthik for 21 and four respectively. Gill was caught by Kieron Pollard, while Karthik, who had relinquished the captaincy ahead of the game, played him on to his stumps. But Andre Russell denied Chahar the hat-trick by driving him to extra cover for a single.
The Kolkata Knight Riders batting was in absolute shambles at 42-4 and with dangerman Russell too departing, caught by de Kock off Jasprit Bumrah, half their side were back in the dugout for 61.
Morgan and Cummins then went about repairing the damage by stitching together an unbroken 87-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Earlier, Morgan won the toss and opted to take first strike. The Kolkata Knight Riders made two changes with Shivam Mavi and Chris Green slotting into the line-up ahead of Tom Banton and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
The Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, saw Nathan Coulter-Nile playing his first game for the defending champions. The Australian came in place of countryman James Pattinson.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 148-5 in 20 overs (Pat Cummins 53 not out, Eoin Morgan 39 not out, Shubman Gill 21, Rahul Chahar 2-18) vs Mumbai Indians.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.