Game 5, Kolkata knight riders have started their campaign of Indian Premier league against Mumbai Indians who has already lost its first match against Chennai super kings. The early prediction was Kolkata Knight Riders has the advantage over Mumbai Indians.
Yet, Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata knight riders by 49 runs to registered their first win of the tournament. Take a look at the 3 things that went wrong Kolkata knight riders in their first match of the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders decision to field first was the wrong move
So far in the tournament team batting second was not successful in the chasing the total. Yet, Kolkata knight riders decided to bowl first after winning the toss.
Mumbai Indians got off to a worst start when they lost the opener at the score of 8/1. But Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav put the match defining partnership of 90 runs for the second wicket bring Mumbai Indians back into the game.
Although MI lost the next 2 wickets in a quick time but Rohit Sharma kept the one end to take the scoreboard to 195/5 in the 20 overs.
Shocking Batting Collapse of Kolkata Knight Riders
Chasing the target of 196, is not a easy task for a team. Kolkata knight riders openers have started but they were not in the match from the start when they lost both the openers at the score of 25/2.
Even after the two wickets required run rate was going out of the reach with every over. The pressure seems to be building up and keeping the run rate under the control KKR lost the wickets in a quick fashion and restricted at 103/7.
One more decision went wrong for KKR when they sent Andre Russell at No.7 when the score was 77/4 in 12 overs. But towards the end Pat Cummins played some good hits to go close to the target but just managed to take his team of 146 runs only.
Poor Selection criteria of Opening batsman
Not playing with player like Rahul Tripathi in a match was the big mistake made by Kolkata knight riders. Chasing the target of 196, KKR opened with Shubham Gill and Sunil Narine which has went completely wrong.
Instead of Shubham Gill if they could’ve have opened with Rahul Tripathi and Sunil Narine the result could have been different. As Shubham Gill ideally bat at No.3 then at the opening slot.
Hope to see in the coming matches Rahul Tripathi going to open the innings for KKR with his swashbuckling style.