KKR never arrived at the venue as they looked listless.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced their second defeat in a row as Mumbai Indians defeated them by a massive margin. On the match-day itself, Dinesh Karthik handed over the captain’s duties to Eoin Morgan to perform better as a batsman but the move didn’t come out quite well for them. Their batting order flunked badly and while defending a below-par total, Mumbai Indians looked in perfect control.
They are struggling with their team combination after Sunil Narine missed the game to work on his action and KKR would be hoping to find a solution rather quickly. With four losses and as many wins in their eight games, KKR would want to get back to the winning track considering how compact the competition might become at the business end. Also after two heavy defeats, they are struggling with their Net run-rate which could be crucial in the playoffs qualification.
Here are the three mistakes committed by KKR in Match 32, MI vs KKR:-
1. The team combination fiasco for KKR
KKR are not able to find the right balance since the exclusion of Sunil Narine. The all-rounder used to provide a perfect balance with both bat and ball and at the moment he looks irreplaceable for them. However, playing Chris Green against a strong batting order of Mumbai Indians was a surprising call as KKR had better bowling options available. Kuldeep Yadav with his rare art of chinaman bowling along with Lockie Ferguson could have composed a dominating bowling line up.
2. No intent in the powerplay
KKR opted to bat first to utilize their strong batting unit. However, they didn’t show any positive intent in the powerplay and their scoring rate never kicked off. Also, the slow start brought pressure and they lost some early wickets. With four wickets down at the beginning itself and it was quite difficult to put on a decent total. If KKR would have batted more positively upfront, things could have turned out differently.
3. Not bowling pacers with the new ball
KKR scored a total of 148 on the board and defending it against MI was a hefty task. However, they should have started with their strength to give themselves the best chance. However, instead of their pacers, KKR started with Chris Green and Mumbai Indians started to attack from ball one. Considering that Nathan Coulter-Nile and Trent Boult found swing early on, using Pat Cummins and Shivam Mavi together in the powerplay could have been better.
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