Kolkata Knight Riders defeats Kings XI Punjab by 2 runs in a thrilling encounter in Abu Dhabi. While KXIP bad form in this IPL continues, KKR is proving their owner’s film dialogue right in every game, “Haar Kar Jeetne Wale Ko Baazigar Kehte Hai”.
Defending 164, Kolkata Knight Riders seemed out of the game till 15th over, but things completely turned around after wickets of Mayank Aggarwal and Nicolas Pooran. First CSK and now KXIP, Kolkata Knight Riders are choking the opponent in their death overs.
Prasidh Krishna’s and Sunil Narine spell helped them to snatch away the victory from the opponent’s mouth. Kings XI Punjab concerns with batting is increasing with each passing game, even after getting a good start the team is not able to finish the game. But the bigger problem for Punjab is the set batsman are not able to stay in the crease till the end.
Mayank Aggarwal and KL Rahul was looking in a good touch but after staying in the crease for so long and then throwing wickets and leaving the work to be done by other batsman is a sin. Mayank and Rahul together played 87 balls that is more than half of the innings. However after the defeat Punjab’s batting line up also came into peoples radar. The fans are trying to understand the thought of sending Simran Singh before Maxwell and Sandeep.
On the contrary Kolkata Knight Riders are showing other teams, how to defend a short total. In T20 cricket where it is considered off spinner has no role, Sunil Narine is proving everyone role through his bowling. Sunil has turned out a death over specialist for KKR. Maxwell tried as hard as he could but failed by inches.
When 7 runs were needed of the last ball, Maxwell send the ball into the sky and it dropped just inch before the boundary. This proved why the game of cricket is so crual. But credit should be given to Dinesh Kartik for rotating the Bowlers so well. KKR are now at number 3 at the points table while KXIP are at the bottom of the table with just 1 win in 7 matches.