Within the IPL 2023 match in opposition to Mumbai Indians, Venkatesh Iyer made historical past for Kolkata Knight Riders by changing into solely the second participant from KKR to attain a century within the league. His achievement comes 15 years after Brendon McCullum’s unforgettable 158-run knock within the very first IPL recreation in 2008 in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Iyer reached the milestone in simply 53 deliveries, hitting the MI bowlers to all corners of the park. Regardless of being struck on the leg, he continued and continued his onslaught.
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Within the absence of Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav stepped as much as take the MI’s cost. He gave the ball to the younger MI debutant Arjun Tendulkar, who bowled an impactful over to kick off the sport.
MI discovered an early breakthrough as Cameron Inexperienced picked up his first wicket of the match as Hrithik Shokeen took a diving catch to dismiss N Jagadeesan for a four-ball duck within the second over.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz quickly adopted the footsteps of his opening accomplice within the remaining over of the powerplay. Gurbaz’s wrestle was clearly evident within the preliminary overs however he tried to reignite his innings by making an attempt to attain boundaries in Piyush Chawala’s over. Nonetheless, his shot ended straight within the fingers of Duan Janssen. Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer tried to convey again KKR innings on observe after an preliminary sluggish begin.
Venkatesh stepped on the pitch and began to attain runs at common intervals. On the opposite finish, earlier than Nitish Rana may choose the pitch he misplaced his wicket to Hrithik Shokeen. A heated alternate was witnessed between the KKR skipper and Shokeen as Nitish appeared sad about one thing Shokeen had mentioned to him as he walked again to the pavilion.
MI gamers got here shortly to chill down the matter and keep away from any kind of delay within the recreation. Whereas different wickets saved falling on a constant foundation Venkatesh went on to play based on his personal will.
On the finish of 10 overs, KKR had a rating of 104/3. After Shardul Thakur was dismissed by Shokeen within the thirteenth over for a rating of 13(11), the in-form batter Rinku Singh stepped in and held on to the opposite finish as Venkatesh went on a rampage. Iyer misplaced his wicket within the 18th over to Riley Meredith. He scored 104 runs which included six fours and 9 sixes. Andre Russell got here ahead to play a brief cameo as Rinku didn’t dwell as much as his standing within the remaining over. Russell scored 18 (18) which included two boundaries. Russell performed an unbeaten knock of 21(11)* to take KKR’s tally to 185/6 in 20 overs.
Temporary scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 185/6 (Venkatesh Iyer 104(52), Andre Russell 21(11)* and Hrithik Shokeen 2/34) vs Mumbai Indians. (ANI)