IPL 2020 | KKR vs RR: 'What experts said' as Dinesh Karthik’s troop give Rajasthan a taste of life outside Sharjah
30 Sep 2020
The faith that Kolkata Knight Riders showed in its young guns while signing them in the 2018 auctions is getting duly repaid this season, as it was the second game in a row that the Kolkata based franchise won, courtesy their youngsters.
As was the case in their last victory against the Sunrisers in Abu Dhabi, Shubman Gill shone in this game in Dubai as well. But along with Gill, the impact that Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi had was immense. The 37-run victory, which was more than just about the runs deficit, therefore became sweeter for the captain to savour.
On the other hand, the fragility of the Rajasthan Royals’ batting was seen as without the help from the top three in Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson, it fell like a pack of cards.
All this and much more fits in today’s segment of Hits and Flops of the game.
The boy, who remained in rehab due to various injuries for almost two years after being signed by the KKR franchise on the basis of his Under-19 performances, finally made it count today by picking two quick wickets and blocking the road to recovery for the Royals if there were any.
The 20-year-old Nagarkoti was the man of the day as he also hit a four while batting and in the crease with Eoin Morgan. His brilliant take to remove Jofra Archer would surely be in contention of the top catches of the tournament this season.
The duo of Mavi and Nagarkoti, the best of the lot among the bowlers from the class of 2018 as they are called, fired on all cylinders today. Mavi, who bowled brilliantly to remove the danger-men Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson, was adjudged Man of the Match for his efforts.
In his spell of four overs, Mavi gave away just 20 runs and finished with amazing figures of 2/20 in the game. In total, Mavi has now picked up four wickets from three games and is becoming a crucial member of KKR’s scheme of things.
Gill has been poised brilliantly in the last two matches, making a mini-comeback of some sort after a horror dismissal in the game against Mumbai Indians. In this match, he anchored the innings quite nicely, building partnerships with both, opener Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana, to give KKR’s lower-order batsmen a solid foundation to attack.
His innings of 47 was laced with five fours and one six while keeping the strike rate high at more than 138, making sure that the runs kept flowing.
Prior to the IPL, Robin Uthappa had come up with a plan that he would 'use' this opportunity to make a case for his final comeback in team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup. That ship seems to have sailed for the Karnataka man as he has been unable to score big in any of the three matches, this being his worst game of the lot.
He was even caught applying saliva to the ball, a cardinal sin in the difficult conditions that the IPL has been taking place in the times of coronavirus.
The middle-order batsman, failing again, could only make two runs of the seven balls that he faced, unable to touch the double-digit once more.
There are many contenders for the second spot in the team like Ryan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, etc. , but the captain has to take responsibility for his failure and therefore more burden fall on his shoulders. Considering that, his wild shot to get out on a Cummins devilry should be called the worst moment of the game for the Royals.
In batting, the skipper could only score three runs off seven balls. In the captaincy too, he was a touch reluctant with his moves. He did not bowl Jaidev Unadkat his full quota when the bowler had gone for just 14 runs in two overs and picked up the crucial wicket of Sunil Narine as well. He rather chose to bowl Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag, who in between them, gave away 57 runs in five overs.
The bowling all-rounder of Rajasthan deserves this mention for scoring those late runs and getting to a fifty when none of his recognized batsmen managed to do so. His was the innings of a true team man who fought till the end to make sure that the net run rate of the team doesn’t fall below too much.
His innings of 54 not out of 36 balls is worth weighing in gold for Rajasthan, especially with the fact that even a single run would make a difference in the end. He even bowled well in death.
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