When Kolkata knight riders (KKR) faced off Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the game number 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The expectations were high scoring from the A-List teams. But what’s followed next was the complete absurd.
With this victory Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) almost confirmed their ticket to the playoffs. While Kolkata knight riders (KKR) has to win at least 3 games out of their 4 remaining games to qualify for playoffs. The early prediction in this match was not clear as both the teams were heavily balanced in both the departments.
But Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) outperformed completely Kolkata knight riders (KKR) and register their seventh win of the season out of their 10 games. Having said, let us take a look at 3 things that went wrong for KKR.
Decision To Bat First Backfires
After winning the toss Kolkata knight riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan decided to bat first with the hopes of their sixth win of their season. But looked Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) was waiting for this moment and their front-line bowlers put KKR to the back foot with 3/3.
The situation got more tensed when more than half of the team was back to the pavilion at the 40/6 in 12.3 overs. Mohammed Siraj was the strike bowler who picked 3 wickets in their spell of 4 overs for conceding just 8 runs with 2 maidens.
As Kolkata knight riders (KKR) never recovered from the damage done by the RCB Pacers who have restricted them at low score of 84 with the loss of 8 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
KKR Not Playing With Best Players
Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Tim Seifert – has the fastest hundred in T-20 Cricket in just 40 Balls for New Zealand. If you such players on the bench at the crucial times when team is looking to confirm their place in the playoffs. The result would be same perhaps every time.
Had have been KKR kept any of these players in the playing eleven the scoreboard could have make the difference. Hope KKR learn from their loopholes and come with better team in the next match to play better brand of cricket.
Poor Captaincy To Defend the Total
Although the target was not big for Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) to chase 85 runs with their star studded batting line-up. Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) started the chase and reached 46 in just 6.2 overs. But two wickets in two balls make the scoreboard 46/2.
With the some momentum in KKR favor it was expected the Kuldeep Yadav to come but he never bowls a single ball in the match which was quite surprising from the captain. The target was low but few overs from your best bowler could have done things which nobody thinks off. Perhaps the team didn’t want to win the match and faced the defeat.