On that belter of a floor at Eden Gardens 162 was a beneath par goal to chase however the KKR bowlers put up a valiant effort to tug the sport until the final over.
KKR got here into this recreation as a crew in decline. After beginning their marketing campaign on a excessive be aware, they’ve failed to carry on to the momentum. The cramped schedule has additionally taken its toll on their latest performances. In reality, this specific fixture was their fourth outing in previous eight days.
Hence, the ‘Men in Purple’ weren’t precisely in the perfect form coming into this important fixture in opposition to essentially the most constant crew within the competitors. And issues went dangerous to worse, when Dinesh Karthik misplaced the toss. MS Dhoni had no hesitation to chase in Kolkata and KKR have been as soon as once more out of their consolation zone.
Couple of nights earlier than, they may not defend 178 in opposition to Delhi. So, the think-tank knew, they want a rating round 200 right here to have an opportunity in opposition to the CSK batting line-up. And proper from the primary over, their intention was crystal clear.
Coming again within the aspect after lacking the final recreation resulting from sickness, Chris Lynn determined to up the ante as he went after Deepak Chahar within the first over. Prior to this recreation, his strike-rate on this IPL was within the mid 120s. However, on Sunday, throughout his 52-ball 81, the Aussie batsman was hanging at 160.78.
In the powerplay, he was dominating the likes of Chahar and Shardul Thakur. No size was spared. Even Dhoni tried to vary the tempo and bowled his left-arm spinners in opposition to Lynn. But he was good with toes motion to counter that gameplan of CSK. No. 3, Nitish Rana too received into his grooves rapidly and on the 10-over mark, KKR have been nicely positioned at 77 for 1.
The stage was set for the hosts’ power-hitters to stage a robust end however Imran Tahir’s leg-spin swung momentum in direction of the guests with a four-for. It all started within the 11th over when Tahir struck twice to cut back KKR from 79 for 1 to 80 for 3. He was giving the ball some air and it gripped on the floor.
However, with all due credit score to Tahir’s expertise, it was primarily the brainless strategy by a number of the middle-order batsmen, which let the leggie dominate proceedings at that section of the match.
Four KKR batters — Rana, Robin Uthappa, Lynn and Andre Russell — fell to his bowling and all of them have been caught within the deep. In the context of the sport, one must query the shot choices of a few of these batters. Someone like Uthappa, whose job is to supply solidity within the center, maybe had a brain-fade, when he went for that huge shot off simply his first ball and perished.
Later, within the dramatic 15th over, Tahir broke the spine of KKR batting by dismissing a set Lynn and the hosts’ most trusted power-hitter Russell.
At the beginning of that game-changing over, KKR have been 121 for Three and searching good for a rating round 190. Nevertheless, Lynn received out on the second supply and that is the place the drama begun. In got here Russell at No 6 and the Jamaican instantly began with a 4 and 6. The packed Eden crowd was up on its toes, anticipating one more action-packed end to the KKR innings.
Unfortunately, the leisure was short-lived. Going for his third huge shot in as many deliveries, Russell was brilliantly caught by Dhruv Shorey, a substitute fielder at long-on.
The shot was pointless on a part of the Caribbean cricketer as he had already gathered 10 runs within the earlier two balls. Ideally, holding in thoughts the shape he’s in, Russell ought to have waited for a bit longer earlier than the launching the ultimate assault. He was at the very least required to play out Tahir, who was in an excellent rhythm at that the purpose and may have deliberate the assault in opposition to the likes of Chahar and Thakur, who have been purported to bowl within the remaining overs.
Following Russell’s wicket, KKR may solely handle 29 runs off the final 31 deliveries of the innings. Only one boundary was hit in that section regardless of somebody like Shubman Gil having sufficient time to get himself in. For the KKR administration, this can be a clear indication that the teen is in no way comfy batting to date down the order.
Nevertheless, the Kolkata franchise paid the worth for the tactical error dedicated by their middle-order, which didn’t permit them to go for an all-out assault within the dying overs. As a consequence, their remaining rating was at the very least 20 runs wanting what would have been a great whole on the Eden pitch. In reality, judging from the way in which KKR spinners stunned there within the second half, that 15-20 additional runs may have gained them the sport.
Published Date: April 15, 2019
| Updated Date: April 15, 2019
Updated Date: Apr 15, 2019 12:45:05 IST