Rahul Tripahti, who played a match-winning 74 not out off 42 balls in Kolkata Knight Riders’ thumping seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on Thursday, is happy to stay till the end and finish the game for his team.
Chasing 156, KKR produced a solid batting effort with Tripathi (74 not out off 42 balls) and Iyer (53 off 30 balls) putting on 88 runs for the second wicket to take the side home in 15.1 overs.
“I really enjoyed the batting today and am happy that I stayed till the end and got the team home. Obviously, the coach tells us to be positive. When you are positive, the pressure goes to the bowlers and you just look for runs,” said Tripathi after the match.
“It was important to put their spinners under pressure. I felt it was important to get boundaries.
“The team environment is very positive. We wanted to hit the ground running in the second phase,” added Tripathi, who smashed eight fours and three sixes during his stay at the crease.
Earlier, MI posted a competitive 155 for six. Sent into bat, Quinton de Kock (55 off 42 balls) scored a fine attacking fifty and together with skipper Rohit Sharma (33) shared 78 runs for the opening wicket to lay the foundation for MI’s total.
Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan has been fined Rs 24 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during their match against Mumbai Indians.
“As it was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan was fined Rs 24 lakhs,” read an official IPL statement.
“The rest of the members of the playing XI were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25% of their individual match fee.”