Game 16, Delhi Capitals went against Kolkata knight riders at Sharjah – batting paradise for a batsman from the start of the tournament. The early prediction was tough in the match as both the teams have been filled quality players who can turn the game on his way.
But Delhi Capitals outperformed Kolkata knight riders in a high scoring match and came out as victorious by 18 runs in the end. Some of the major mistakes were made by Kolkata knight riders during the match which have cause them on the losing side. Having said, let us take a look at 3 things went wrong for KKR.
Decision to Bowl first
So far, teams who have been batting second in the tournament earlier came out as a losing team. After winning the toss, Kolkata knight riders decided to bowl first and invite the Delhi Capitals to bat first. Looked like Delhi Capital was waiting for this and they have got off to a flying start with 56 runs in 5.5 overs.
With 129/2 by the 13th over the speculation was somewhere around 180 runs Delhi Capital would end. But Shreyas Iyer 88 runs off 38 balls which featured 7 fours and 6 Sixes and Risabh Pant 38 runs off 17 balls which featured 5 fours and one Six put 72 runs partnership for 3rd wicket in just 5 overs and took away game from KKR.
While Shreyas remained unbeaten on 88 to take the scoreboard to 228/4 in the 20 overs.
Too much Experiments and Shuffle in a batting order of KKR
This is a problem we have seen earlier too with Kolkata knight riders batting. Already team has been the chasing the target of 229 and there is no point any lapse from in the batting tale from start.
But seems like Kolkata knight riders is keep on experimenting with their batting order. Opening up with Shubham Gill and Sunil Narine they have the opener at the score of 8/1 another shocking collapse.
From 72/1 to 122/6 it was complete debacle some poor choices by the team to experiment in batting order was the obvious reason behind the collapse. The biggest mistake was sending Rahul Tripathi at No 8 this was complete blunder apart from this the batting order of other players were wrong.
Team is too much relying on Sunil Narine to give good start in every match. Opening with Gautam Gambhir was way different then with other players in the seasons after. Kolkata knight riders should try with Rahul Tripathi to open the innings along with Eoin Morgan rather with Shubham Gill who is good at No 3 perhaps.
Although Kolkata knight riders have batting only to rely on then on the bowling which looks very weak in the tournament.
Not Playing with the best players
Kuldeep Yadav and Tom Banton were not in the playing eleven. This was the complete shocking decision from the team management. Keeping your class players insecure won’t take the team to the playoffs.
Team need minimum 7 matches to qualify for the playoffs and if team losses too many matches in the start then chances are less to reach next round. These experiment with players should in the last matches of the league round.
Players like Tom Banton and Kuldeep Yadav should not on the bench for too long rather team has to keep players regular if Kolkata knight riders looking to lift the trophy this time around.