KKR Vs MI
Mumbai Indians completely outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders today in Abu Dhabi. MI defeated KKR by 8 wickets. Even after changing the captain there is no betterment in the team. In 2 consecutive games (against RCB and now MI) every department of KKR, whether batting, bowling or fielding has struggled.
However credit should go to Mumbai Indians and Captain Rohit Sharma. The way MI dominated the play is commendable. While Kolkata seemed confused, MI made sure to play like a Champion team. From the first over itself Mumbai Indians bowlers pushed KKR’s batsman to backfoot.
Fans were hoping that they will see a completely new brand of Cricket from Eoin Morgan’s boys, but the results are completely different. At any point of time it didn’t seem KKR are playing to win this match or trying to compete with the opponent. The mental barrier of defeating Mumbai Indians was completely visible on the field.
KKR’s opener failed to get a good start. Criticism and questions are being raised on Shubhman Gill after his continues failure. Shubhman role in the team is to anchor the innings but the future star never fails to disappoint his fans. In 8 games the opener has scored only 275 runs with a strike rate of 116.52.
Nitish Rana and Dinesh Kartik are looking completely out of touch. 27, 28, 29 only looks good in stats but actually it’s not a match winning innings, and Nitish Rana needs to realise it. Number 3 is a very important batting position for team, but the problem with Nitish Rana is even after getting a good start he is unable to convert it into big runs.
While Dinesh Karthik’s has been a disappointment in this season of IPL.
But the biggest concern for KKR right now is out of form Andre Russell. Russell has been the biggest match winner for this franchise. In the previous season he single handedly won many games for KKR, but he is underperforming. One needs to adapt according to the situation and that makes a good player a great player. One dimensional batting can make you win matches but not the tournament.
KKR were lucky that with the help of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan they reached a fightable score of 148, but infront of a team like MI it’s nothing. The MI bowlers impressed everyone, specially Rahul Chahar. In 2 balls he picked 2 big wickets and from there on Kolkata Knight Riders were nowhere in the game.
With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Trend Bolt Mumbai has one of the best bowling unit and they have proved this once again. Rohit Sharma’s captaincy has been on point, the rotation of bowlers, field placement. Bringing in Jasprit Bumrah as soon as Russell arrived worked wonders for him.
When Mumbai Indians came into bat fans were expecting a fight back from KKR, but Quinton De Kock made it look simple for MI. De Kock single handedly took MI across the finishing line. His exceptional knock of 78 runs in 44 balls caused a lot of pain and damaged to KKR bowlers. In every direction of the ground he played his shots and showed his masterclass.
Mumbai Indians backed Quinton a lot in the early stage of the tournament and now he is proving why the captain and Mumbai’s team management has so much believe on him. However it’s too early to judge Eoin Morgan, but using Shivam Mavi in the 11th over was not understandable.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be facing SRH in their next game in Abu Dhabi. The team needs to gel up quickly and make a strong comeback.