KXIP Vs KKR
What a fight back attitude from KL Rahul’s KXIP. No one would have thought 2 weeks before that KL Rahul and his boys will be achieving this feat. Everything is going right for KXIP, 5 continuous wins.
After defeating KKR by 8 wickets in today’s match, Punjab is now one of the top contenders for qualifying to the playoffs and have now climbed to number 4 position in the points table with 14 pts. However their are some big questions for Kolkata Knight Riders captain and the management.
Mandeep Singh and Universe Boss Chris Gayle exceptional knock completely pushed KKR to backfoot and from there on they were never in the game. Since the beginning of 1st over KXIP dominated the play while KKR completely lacked the fight back attitude and it seemed they were never playing to win the game.
Credit should also go to Mandeep Singh and no words can describe his strong temperament. The guy faced personal loss and we are sure there is a havoc going within him but he kept his team first and made sure he takes KXIP across the finishing line.
Mandeep Singh lost his father few days back but was unable to see him for the last time. Mandeep played an exceptional knock and dedicated it to his father looking up at the sky. The smile on his face and watery eyes depicted all the emotion and turmoil that he is going through.
With the help of Mandeep Singh’s 64* runs knock and Chris Gayle’s 51* runs in 29 balls, KXIP are still alive in the tournament. Punjab now only needs 2 more wins to qualify for the playoffs, one against RR and one against MS Dhoni’s CSK. While Kolkata Knight Riders over aggressiveness and wrong strategies have costed the match.
The continuous failure of Top 3 of Kolkata Knight Riders is hurting the team very much. After Sunil Narine’s incredible innings against DC, people assumed Sunil Narine will be opening the innings but sticking to the same strategy didn’t benefited KKR in this match. In every match KKR fail to give a proper foundation which puts extra pressure on the middle order batsmen and fails to reach a big total.
While Dinesh Karthik’s form and Andre Russell unavailability is not a good news for the team. Andre Russell has been a sheer away match winner for Kolkata Knight Riders, his absence not only makes the batting line up weak but also losses the fear factor which the Big Man possess among the opponent.
Kolkata Knight Riders are now ranked at the number 5 position in the points table with 6 wins in 12 matches. Still the Shah Rukh Khan’s owned team (KKR) has a chance to qualify for the playoffs, KKR needs to defeat CSK and RR in next two games and attain 16 points.