Mumbai Indians started the UAE leg with a defeat as they saw Chennai Super Kings take revenge of the defeat they had inflicted on them prior to the Covid hiatus.
The defending champions were tasked with chasing down a modest target of 157 but they could muster up just 136 as several of their batsmen got starts but none capitalised, with the sole exception being Saurabh Tiwary whose unbeaten 50 off 40 did not find much support.
To be fair to them, they were missing Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, both of whom are not certainties to feature in this game either.
Mumbai bowlers, earlier in the match, had had an exquisite start, reducing CSK to 24-4 before a resurgence led by Ruturaj Gaikwad allowed them a way back in. The defeat aside, there is still no need to ring alarm bells just yet.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR’s start to the UAE leg could not have been better and more dominant. On Monday night, they thrashed Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets and soared to third on the points table.
The architects of their lop-sided win were their bowlers, but especially Varun Chakravarthy, whose 3-13 broke the back of RCB batting unit.
With the target so small, the chase was never going to be a problem and it wasn’t, not even for debutant Venkatesh Iyer, who contributed an unbeaten 41.