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What Happened Last Time When Suryakumar-Led MI Faced Nitish Rana-Ignited KKR?

Nitish Rana, Shokeen were fined during last MI vs KKR encounter (BCCI)Nitish Rana, Shokeen were fined during last MI vs KKR encounter (BCCI)

As we approach the crucial stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, excitement peaks with an anticipated match-up. On May 3, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are poised to take on the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, marking the 51st match of the IPL 2024 season.

This encounter marks the first clash between these two teams this season. In their previous IPL encounters, KKR and MI have competed 32 times, underscoring their intense rivalry.

Mumbai Indians have dominated, securing victory in 23 of these matches, while Kolkata Knight Riders have emerged victorious in 9 games.

Looking ahead, we at OneCricket, are interested in knowing what happened the last time these two teams faced each other in the IPL.

What happened last time when MI faced KKR in IPL?

The last time these two teams faced each other was in the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League 2023, held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, April 16, 2023.

During their IPL clash, MI skipper Suryakumar Yadav won the toss and elected to field first. KKR's openers, Gurbaz and N. Jagadeesan failed to provide a solid start, both departing cheaply with scores of 8 and 0, respectively.

Following Jagadeesan's dismissal, left-handed batter Venkatesh Iyer took charge and played a crucial role. Iyer's remarkable innings of 104 runs off 51 balls single-handedly propelled the Knight Riders to a total of 185 runs. 

His century marked the end of KKR's century drought in the IPL since Brendon McCullum's 158* fifteen years ago. However, the other batters struggled to find their rhythm.

KKR concluded their innings with a formidable total of 185 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Notably, Hrithik Shokeen stood out, claiming 2 wickets for MI.

MI secured a hard-fought win against Kolkata Knight Riders. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan provided a solid opening stand of 65 runs, laying the foundation for the run-chase.

Kishan's aggressive fifty scored off just 21 balls, propelled Mumbai's chase, supported by Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma as they built a steady partnership of 60 runs.

Despite a late surge from KKR's bowlers, Mumbai sealed the deal with David's quickfire innings of 24 runs off 13 balls. Venkatesh Iyer's stellar century for KKR, scoring 104 runs off 51 balls, wasn't enough to thwart Mumbai's chase.

MI vs KKR IPL 2023 Scorecard

Kolkata Knight Riders - 185/6 (20 overs)

Venkatesh Iyer - 104 (51), Andre Russell 21* (11)

Hrithik Shokeen - 2/34 (4), Piyush Chawla - 1/19 (4)

Mumbai Indians - 186/5 (17.4 overs)

Ishan Kishan - 58 (25), Suryakumar Yadav - 43 (25)

Suyash Sharma - 2/27 (4), Lockie Ferguson - 1/19 (1.4)