Here was the another encounter which had turned to be nightmare for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) when they have played against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a do and die situation to keep their hopes alive for the playoffs.
The tournament has been reached to its conclusion and getting more interesting which it is known for the ages that the teams towards the end of the league phase set the world on fire with the fiery nail-bitting matches to makes it to the playoffs of IPL.
But followed next was the end of campaign for the KXIP camp in the tournament along with others who are out of the race from the playoffs. Although it was strange that KXIP has failed to qualify for the playoffs with the kind of match winning performances in the last few games they looked to be title holder this time around.
However team work along with strategies went against them and here they are out of the tournament like their previous seasons getting the momentum but at the crucial time they have failed to deliver. Having said, let us take a look at the three players who flooped in match against Chennai super kings.
KL Rahul (KXIP)
Over dependence or what we have to say about this player. Before we go into the analysis take a look at his stats in the IPL 2020
14 Matches 670 Runs 55.83 average 129.34 strike rate 1 hundred and 5 half-centuries.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are out of the tournament but still he is orange cap holder with 670 runs the next one is Dhawan with 471 runs the difference clear it all how dangerous this player was in the tournament with his whirlwind batting against most of the teams.
But coming into the crucial game against Chennai super kings KL Rahul has scored only 29 runs while getting bowled on lungi Nigidi delivery and left his team in trouble. After this no other player has able to score except Deepak Hooda 62 (40) to take the team to some decent score but that wasn’t enough to stop team like CSK and they have win the game very easily with 9 wickets.
With a player like Gayle the opposition is always scared of him till the time he is on the field. He has also set the record of 1000 sixes in the T-20 Cricket recently. That sound like absurd but it is true that he has smash 1000 Sixes – 6000 runs in just Sixes. Chris Gayle is complete entertainer in the shortest format of cricket with his whirlwind batting.
However in the IPL 2020 Gayle was not available in the first half of tournament which was another turn off for Kings XI Punjab but with his availability in the second half Gayle has scored 288 runs in 7 matched with 3 half-centuries.
In a crucial game it was expected to see some whirlwind batting from the batting powerhouse with his recent form but he couldn’t able to score more than 12 runs before getting leg before the wicket to Imran Tahir and went to pavilion with the team in trouble.
14 Matches 20 Wickets it was expected the team front-line bowler to be crucial factor in the match against Chennai super kings but Shami has end his bowling figures with
If your strike bowler went wicket less in a knockout game you can’t expect your part timer and other bowlers to make you win match and take the team to playoffs every time. Kings XI Punjab also don’t have depth in the bowling they have quality spinner or strike bowler to even defend the small total. Hope they will come with better bowling division in the next year season to make it to playoffs easily.