The astonishing turnaround in the 5th match of IPL match left netizens rattled. Kolkata Knight Riders lost the game to Mumbai Indians by 10 runs. Some praised the outstanding performance of the men in blue in the death overs, while others resorted to criticizing the overall fairness of the game.
Ambani Trending on Twitter After Match
Netizens made memes on MI and Mukesh Ambani, the owner of Reliance Industries Ltd., and yet again showed off their immeasurable wit. Ambani, as he was not present on the ground himself, was accused of ‘working from home’ to make MI win the match. Some memes showed him bribing the umpire for neglecting a crucial dismissal, in favor of Mumbai. Others smelled a case of match-fixing.
Memes were fired from both pro-MI and anti-MI ends though. MI fans went over the utterly poor performance of the Knights in the last 5 overs to defend themselves. They criticized the inability to face the truth by the MI-haters. They also pointed out the inability of fans of KKR to accept the loss and lack of good death over gameplay.
A screenshot of an unnamed WhatsApp chat also floated around on the internet. It allegedly listed the winners of the upcoming matches and led the netizens to suspect the fairness of the ongoing matches. Surprisingly, it has already correctly predicted the winners of the previous matches. It listed Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, and Mumbai Indians as the winners of the first five games respectively. The Twitteratis are already angry about this.
The source of the image was unavailable though.
What Happened at the Match?
After stopping the MI ‘Paltan’ at a fairly low total of 152, KKR had the game in their favor undoubtedly. This was possible due to an outstanding bowling spell by Andre Russel. He snatched a fifer, dismissing Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult. In his 2 overs, he traded 15 runs for these 5 excellent wickets. MI were 152 all out. They crossed the 150 run mark owing to Suryakumar Yadav’s outstanding 56 out of 36 balls and Rohit Sharma’s 43 of 32 balls.
When KKR got the batting stance, they initially had a fairly slow start. Then Nitish Rana came and blasted a half-century to his name. He had a great inning with 57 runs out of 47 balls. Shubhman Gill scored 33 in exchange for 24 balls.
The match was seemingly in KKR’s favor till the 15th over as they needed 31 out of 30, which looked fairly easy with 6 wickets in hand. The game changed its pace with prominent batsmen Shakib and Russel’s poor performance. They got out scoring 9 runs each. The tally watered down to 19 of 12 balls and then 11 of 1 ball. With a single on the last ball, KKR lost an in-hand game due to sheer lack of pressure handling capability.
Rohit Sharma’s captaincy brought impressive results as he kept hotshot bowlers like Krunal Pandya, Jaspreet Bumrah, and Trent Boult for the death overs.
Whatever the reason or result it might be, the game was fun. We got to saw the whole game turn around within a few balls, which further proved the fact, nothing is impossible in the game of cricket.