Kolkata Knight Riders need to think about many questions and answers after their yesterday’s defeat against Delhi Capitals. KKR needs to figure Yesterdayout the right playing XI as some of the players don’t fit in the mix. They have underperformed in the tournament, which also includes the performance of their skipper Eoin Morgan.
Yesterday, Kolkata Knight Riders had no answers to DC’s superb bowling and then the onslaught, carried out by the young and dynamic opener Prithvi Shaw.
KKR failed to stop his power-hitting stroke play, and Shaw showed that single-handedly the game could be taken away from the opposition. Due to Shaw’s quick-fire start, DC registered a comfortable seven-wickets win over KKR in Ahmedabad.
In match number 25 of the IPL 2021 season, Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted to field first. Their bowlers rightly supported this decision from skipper Pant as they dismantled the top order of KKR with a flurry of wickets.
After the KKR openers added 25 runs for the first wicket in 3.4 overs, the DC bowlers chipped in with regular wickets. Nitish Rana carried the attack on the DC bowlers while Shubman Gill again struggled with his timing and fluency at the other end.
But Axar Patel ended Rana’s solo attack as Keeper Skipper Pant stumped him. Nitish Rana was out for just 15 runs.
The KKR innings continued with Gill and Tripathi. But the KKR batsmen needed to break loose as they scored just 46 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay, and that’s what built the pressure on Rahul Tripathi. He decided to cut loose, but Tripathi was caught at the cover position for 19 runs in the end.
Then the KKR innings was severely wounded when their skipper was out on the first ball for a duck. Eoin Morgan tried to take on Lalit Yadav on the first delivery of his innings. But he couldn’t clear the former RR skipper Steve Smith.
Lalit Yadav came back in his second over again and rattled the whole innings of KKR. After the wicket of Morgan, Lalit castled the off-stump of Sunil Narine as well. The Windies power hitter hasn’t got going in this season. Narine was out for 0, and now it’s time for KKR to change Narine.
KKR were tottering for 75/4 when Narine was dismissed, and they further sidled down the barrel when Gill’s struggling innings ended on 43 runs. DK and Russell allowed KKR to reach the hundred mark. But Russell missed the support of Karthik, and it never looked possible for KKR to reach the 150 run mark from that position.
But the magic came from Andre Russ, who muscled the DC bowlers in the last few overs of the innings. Russell played a special cameo knock which dragged the innings towards 150 for KKR. The hard hitter Windies batsman took Kagiso Rabada, and in the 19th over, Russell punched the South African with one four and two big sixes.
Then in the last over, it was Avesh Khan who became his victim. Russ ended the innings on a high. He smashed a six that allowed KKR to score 154 runs in their 20 overs. Russell was unbeaten on 45 runs from just 27 balls, while Pat Cummins provided good support, and he was not out on 11 runs.
The DC bowlers started and well and controlled the middle phrase of the innings even better. But it was the last two overs that went for plenty. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav picked up two wickets each, while Avesh Khan and Marcus Stoinis picked up one wicket each.
The run chase of 155 runs started spectacularly. KKR gave the first over of the innings to someone like Shivam Mavi instead of Pat Cummins, who is the world’s best fast bowler and the one who can pick up wickets with the new ball. This decision from Morgan went wrong as Shaw thrashed Mavi for 25 runs in the first over.
And there were no signs of a comeback from KKR from that position. The DC openers added 132 runs in just 13.5 overs, and they were ahead of the game. Shaw slammed a brilliant fifty, and he continued to race away while Shikhar Dhawan played the role of a second fiddler, and he was much happy to see his partner smashing the purple men with ease.
For Knight Riders, Pat Cummins picked up all the three wickets that fell from the DC’s side. Suppose KKR brought him earlier than Cummins. He could have made a significant impact early in the innings.
Cummins got the wickets of Shaw for well made 82 runs, Dhawan for 46 runs, and Pant for 16 runs. But it was too late for KKR to strike as DC cruised to a seven-wicket win as they chased the target in just 16.3 overs.
Shaw displayed a brilliant show with his bat. He was awarded the man of the match award for his fluent, brilliant, and entertaining 82 runs from just 41 deliveries. Shaw smashed 11 boundaries and three sixes and the KKR bowlers under pressure,