It is possible for him to perform such a surprise. It only took a few balls to be set. My numbers say that this time the magic figure to go to the play-offs in the IPL could be 14 points. I still see ABK when I was in top form. If he got some more balls, he might have scored a century.
When the scoreboard overflowed with runs, a pressure was created. Some teams can cope with stress. Some teams can’t. KKR could not do the same against RCB. Sharjah’s field was small but the target of 10 runs per over was not easy. In order to chase Bangalore 194-2 in particular, the top order has to start at least well. The Knights flop in this place. 112-9 So Karthik’s team had to stop.
My numbers say that this time the magic figure to go to the play-offs in the IPL could be 14 points. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore played the match at 6 and scored 10 points in the first three. The question is, did KKR fall under pressure with 6 in 7 matches? I don’t think so. It’s a matter of one or two matches. The Knights will change the picture if they win. Other than that, a match can be bad. I believe Karthik will turn around again.
‘Ability’ is a very familiar word in cricket. Very few cricketers can reach this place. Those who can, they can do anything any day. AB de Villiers is a cricketer in that bracket. He has proved this repeatedly in his international career. For 360 degree scoring ability. ABE alone took the KKR match to another level. His innings is the turning point.
AB was bowled out for 0 in the previous match. In a few hours, he went down to play another match and was bowled out for 63 not out off just 33 balls. It is possible for him to perform such wonders. It only took a few balls to be set. After that? He made the innings with 6 sixes and 5 fours. I still see ABK when I was in top form. If he got some more balls, he might have scored a century.
Not as explosive as AB, but Virat’s innings is also responsible. He was not batting. Understood not taking extra risks. Partner played with ABK. This is also a decision. Experts understand that today is not his day. However, his 33 balls not out was an effective innings. In the partnership of AB and Virat, L scored 100 runs from 48 balls. What their pair is playing will take away the sleep of many.
RCB’s ‘Top Four’ performed well in the beginning. Finch (48), Devdutt (32), AB and Virat made the innings. RCB’s two spinners – Yuzbendra Chahal and Washington Sundar broke KKR. Chahal took Karthik’s (1) wicket with 12 runs in 4 overs. Rana (9) and Morgan (6) took 20 runs in 4 beautiful overs. If two spinners of a team take 3 wickets for 32 runs in 6 overs, the game ends there. That’s it.
In the Chennai-Punjab match, Karthik bowled four points. But that did not happen in this match. Russell, Sharjah’s small field against Bangalore, the Cummins did not have much respect, but. And that’s why Narin’s absence is more noticeable. Narine is still a match winner. Still mysterious spinner. Sharin had Narine in this match but Bangalore could not have made it 194-2 so easily. Understandably, he was not at risk of playing because of reports of his actions. KKR has put up for the play-offs.
A team’s loss of 72 runs in a T20 match is a helpless surrender. The batsmen are responsible for this failure of KKR. With the exception of Shubman (34), everyone failed. Russell could not pull the team. He did not get a big run in a single match. Increased weight. Having fitness problems. Even after that, I will say, in such a match, but no one can win alone. Even though Russell was in the best form, I would say the same thing.
How far will this team of giants go? This time RCB played really well. Chris Morris is back. The batsmen are getting runs. The bowlers are playing in tandem with that. Navdeep Saini is fascinating every day by bowling at a regular speed of 145 plus. This balance has been huge for so long. Barely seven matches have been played. Still, I can see the giants at least play-off.