Early wickets were the key when it came to defending such a low total, but it was MI’s death bowling, a period in which they picked up three wickets for 20 runs, that sealed the tie in their favour. Spinner Rahul Chahar did the maximum damage, claiming 4/27.
Openers Nitish Rana (57) and Shubman Gill (33) once again gave the side a good start but the KKR middle order failed to capitalise, throwing their wickets away in quest of big shots when a more measured approach would have sufficed.
Earlier, Andre Russell gave KKR the edge by picking up 5/15 in his two overs as MI, who lost six wickets against RCB in the last five overs in their last match, lost their last seven wickets for 38 runs at the death this time around.
KKR came out with a definite plan and they struck to that well. Knowing well that the MI power hitters prefer the ball to come on to the bat, skipper Eoin Morgan began with his spinners, after sending the rivals in on winning the toss. He used Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy and Shakib Al Hasan in the first five overs.
Except for Suryakumar Yadav, none of the MI batsmen could get over the KKR attack. Surya got into the act after the departure of Quinton de Kock, who replaced Chris Lynn, hitting three fours off Harbhajan as MI collected 42 runs, losing one wicket in the Powerplay. The former KKR vice-captain Surya reached his 50 off 33 balls playing a flick shot off Pat Cummins for a huge six over deep square leg.
Once Surya perished for a 36-ball 56 while trying to lift Shakib, playing his 50th IPL match, only to be caught by Shubman Gill at long on, the MI middle-order caved in cheaply. For a change, Rohit Sharma, who always loves to lead from the front, never got going. The opener finally departed for 43, dragging a Cummins wide delivery on to his stumps.
Russell wrapped up the tail by picking up Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen in his first over and followed it up by claiming Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar in his next and the last over of the innings.