KXIP made a good start against Rajasthan Royals by the blistering performance of Chris Gayle. But they could not win over KKR due to self-made mistakes. KKR succeeded to defend 218 runs and there are a total of 24 sixes slammed by both sides in this game. Here are a few consequences that led to the win of KKR against KXIP.
- Entry of Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy entered the big league yesterday for the Punjab side. He made excellent performance in the domestic format but he lacked the experience to tackle international players. He was thrashed by Sunil Narine during Powerplays and could not make a good start in his first ever IPL game.
- A strong stand by Uthappa and Nitish Rana
Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana could keep on the flow of runs against KXIP even after the openers were dismissed earlier. The KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was thrashed by 5 sixes and conceded 47 runs from his 4 overs without picking a wicket. The duo added 110 runs for third wicket-stand.
- No ball that turned the game
Mohammed Shami bowled a fine delivery against Andre Russell but that one turned out to be a no ball. Earlier, Varun Chakravarthy bowled a good over and dismissed Nitish Rana by conceding just one run from the over. But the no-ball by Shami yielded the Kolkata team the most needed 4 runs and changed the picture of the game.
- Consistent bowling by KKR bowlers in the middle overs
KKR bowlers made consistent performance during middle overs. from 7th to 16th over, the KXIP could add just 86 runs. Since the run rate changed to 12 runs per over, David Miller and Mayank Agarwal could not handle the pressure and lost their wickets handing a win to KKR by 28 runs. This is the result of the organized bowling by the Kolkata bowlers.
- Ferguson and Andre Russell picking big wickets
Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell picked crucial wickets in the hour of the need. KL Rahul was picked by Lockie Ferguson and Chris Gayle was picked by Andre Russell. Later, Sarfaraaz Khan was dismissed by Andre Russell with a slower delivery which collapsed the innings of KXIP.