IPL 2022: Venkatesh Iyer Claims His Intent is Always Positive And Aggressive After 24-Ball 43 vs MI | Kolkata Beat Mumbai

Mumbai: After being dropped for a few games on basis of poor form, Venkatesh Iyer made a roaring comeback as he smashed a belligerent 43 off 24 balls against Mumbai Indians on Monday to give Kolkata Knight Riders a good start. Iyer’s whirlwind knock comprised of four sixes and three boundaries. While the knock would have given him a lot of confidence, Iyer claimed that his intent is always aggressive and positive.Also Read – IPL 2022: Suryakumar Yadav’s Heartfelt Message to Fans After Missing MI vs KKR is Not to be MISSED

“It was good, coming back (after getting dropped) and opening the innings. Feels good, when the team wins you naturally feel happy. It’s important to contribute, with the bat, or ball or in the field. Fielding is very important for me and so is bowling. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of overs, but whatever overs I get, I ensure I do the job that the captain wants me to do. It’s my job to go out there and give my team a good start. My intent is always positive and aggressive, sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t,” he said at the post-match presentation. Also Read – IPL 2022: Matthew Hayden on Ravi Shastri’s ‘Virat Kohli Needs a Break’ Comment

Meanwhile, KKR won the match by 52 runs to keep their playoff hopes alive. Also Read – Krunal Pandya And Deepak Hooda Are Not Rashid Khan or Hardik Pandya – Ajay Jadeja Hails Lucknow’s Spirit

For Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah was the star with the ball as he picked up a career-best five for 10 in four overs to restrict KKR to 165 for nine in 20 overs.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders: 165/9 in 20 overs (Venkatesh Iyer 43, Nitish Rana 43; Jasprit Bumrah 5/10). Mumbai Indians: 113 all out in 17.3 overs (Ishan Kishan 51; Pat Cummins 3/22).

While MI were already out of the play-off race, KKR, who have five wins from 12 games, can still sneak into the top four with two games remaining.

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