Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) did each the hard enactment to restrict defending champions Mumbai Indians connected 152. Their openers Shubman Gill (33) and Nitish Rana (57) gave a flying commencement to the squad but what happened adjacent has bamboozled many.
31 runs were needed disconnected 30 balls erstwhile Nitish Rana departed connected the past transportation of the 15th over. Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was joined by vice-captain Dinesh Karthik and hard-hitting finisher Andre Russell was yet to get successful the middle.
But KKR messed up everything, managing conscionable 20 runs successful the past 5 overs. They mislaid 3 wickets successful the play arsenic Mumbai Indians snatched a 10-run triumph from the jaw of defeat. Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten connected 8 disconnected 11 balls.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag has slammed KKR for the 'shameful' decision and questioned the intent of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik.
“Eoin Morgan had fixed a connection that they volition play that mode (with postive intent) aft the archetypal crippled but it didn't look similar that erstwhile Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik came successful to bat. The mode Russell and Karthik batted, it felt similar they planned to instrumentality the crippled till the extremity and triumph it. But that didn’t happen. The batters who came earlier them beryllium it Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill oregon Nitish Rana each of them played with affirmative intent,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
"Either Rana oregon Gill should person batted till the end. They had seen what had happened successful the MI innings, contempt getting disconnected to a bully commencement they could lone negociate 152.
“Kolkata Knight Riders conscionable mislaid the crippled which was astir won astatine 1 stage. When Russell came into bat, KKR needed 30 runs successful 27-odd balls. Dinesh Karthik batted till the extremity but couldn’t triumph the game. That’s a shameful defeat.
“The runs per shot quality wasn’t overmuch but for the past mates of overs. We saw however to suffer a crippled that is astir won. You hardly get immoderate crippled wherever you are chasing 152 and you request to people 36-odd runs successful 6 overs with 6-7 wickets successful hand. In specified scenarios, teams similar to extremity the crippled rapidly to amended their nett tally rate. But KKR failed to bash that and hampered their net-run rate,” Virender Sehwag concluded.
KKR volition adjacent look Virat Kohli-led RCB connected Sunday.