IPL 2021 | MI vs KKR: What Experts Said after KKR unleash a 'terrific' performance
23 Sep 2021
It was a blast from the young batting brigade of the Kolkata Knight riders as they chased down the target of 156 set up by Mumbai Indians in just 15 overs and one ball to set the pigeon among the cats as far as the Indian Premier League is concerned. The first two games of the Knight Riders have been a revelation of some sort as they have not only won them but won handsomely at that.
While if the bowlers were right on the money in their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, dismissing them for a mere 94, in this game, they had to rather play catch up. After being taken for 56 runs in the powerplay without getting even a single wicket, the way Knight Riders bowlers made comeback and gave only 99 runs and took six wickets in the next 14 overs. Prasiddh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy, all bowled well.
Their batters, seeking inspiration from the bowling unit then went on a rampage, amassing 74 runs in the first seven overs and eventually winning the game by seven wickets in just 15.1 overs. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi were the mainstays of the KKR chase in the game. With its win, the Knight Riders have now entered the top four in the points table and have displaced Mumbai to the sixth position.
Much like every match, this match too had players who were Hit in their role and some who Flopped massively. This section analyses five such players.
The 26-year-old batter from Madhya Pradesh, who was playing just the second IPL game of his career, started the innings by pulling Trent Boult for a humungous six over square leg boundary on the very first ball that he faced in the first over.
By the six the left-hander indicated the sign of things to come as instead of getting bogged down under the burden of expectations that might have developed after his last match heroics, Iyer seemed to be enjoying it.
Boult was not the only victim of Iyer’s ire as he went after Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne and, all the Mumbai bowlers, reaching his maiden IPL fifty on only 25 balls. He was dismissed eventually by Bumrah for 53, but it was not before the Rajanikanth fan had already destroyed the Mumbai bowling attack through his ‘my way or the highway’ attitude.
When the going gets tough, seek the help of Narine is the saying in the Kolkata knight Riders dug out it seems. In the very short history of the franchise, Sunil Narine, who was considered a mystery spinner, has turned out to be the crisis man.
So in this game too, when the Mumbai openers were motoring their way to a huge total having already accumulated 78 of the first nine overs, Narine was once again given the ball by his captain and even after being hit for 15 off the first two overs, he delivered instantly getting the all-important wicket of the Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharm and thereby stopping the flow of runs.
Narine finished with the figures of 1-20 in his four overs, meaning that he went for only five runs in his last two overs. The 33-year-old Trinidadian was adjudged Man of the Match for his game-changing spell.
The right-hander from Maharashtra has been touted to be a great batter from the last few years, especially after his stint with the Rising Pune Super Giants. But, more often than not, his inconsistency with the bat and those of the franchises too, relating to his batting order has come in the way of his success.
However, today he was sent to bat at his favourite spot of number three and as if there is a flow of KKR spirit among the batters of the team, he started to attack right from the ord go and even before anyone knew, he was into the forties with Iyer.
He added 88 runs off just 52 balls and didn’t let waste the electric start that Iyer and Shubman Gill provided at the start of the chase. Rahul remained at the crease to see his team through, In his score of unbeaten 74 off just 42 balls, the 30-year-old hit eight fours and three sixes, scoring at a strike rate of 176.
When Mumbai posted 155, skipper Rohit Sharma would have counted on his bowlers to give him a start that will be utilised to fight this through. However, the most experienced of all bowlers, Trent Boult messed up with the very first over itself, going for 15 runs, and especially hurtful were the two sixes he was hit for in that over.
Boult knows that his strength is not a short ball, yet he bowled it to a tall Iyer, who deposited him over the square leg boundary for six. His second over was not a great one either as he still went for eight runs and most importantly, did not provide with any wicket, which is the most important expectation from him.
If looked at in totality, apart from Quinton de Kock and Bumrah, the entire Mumbai team could fit into the list of Flops. But since the list is only made of the worse, Krunal Pandya for this game would make the list ahead of the likes of Kieron Pollard, Adam Milne and even the skipper Rohit Sharma.
Pandya was not able to impress either with the bat or the ball as he not only got Pollard run out on the second ball of the 20th over but also fell himself on the third ball, rendering Mumbai helpless for the last three balls of the innings, which must always be chased in a T20 game, no matter what.
While in batting he made, 12 off nine, he wasn’t any better with the ball either, going for 25 runs in his three overs at the same time being unable to pick a wicket.
With two consecutive losses on their UAE arrival, Mumbai would look to improve in the next game when they face RCB in the second game of the doubleheader day on September 26. KKR on the other end will also play next on the very dame day, but they would be facing Chennai Super Kings, who are currently sitting in second place in the table.