1 Oct 2020

Twitter showers praises on U19 batch of KKR as they dismantle RR in a one sided encounter

By cricinsane

When the game between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Rider began last night, everybody knew the game is unpredictable and has the potential to go down the wire and give us another thriller but the U19 batch of 2018 had another ideas. RR’s worst nightmares have finally come true when they finally found out that Dubai is not Sharjah and Samson-Tewatia are no Gods.

Smith won the crucial toss and elected to bowl first and straight away RR was on backfoot because of the lack of firepower in the middle and Dubai’s track record of batting second. Jofra Archer was lethal firing his canons one after another on Narine who had no clue in the world of what to do with those deliveries. Shubhman Gill on the other hand looked like facing a net bowler and was in full flow. Unadkat, after being smashed for two boundaries, finally removed Narine and Nitish Rana followed soon after a promising start. KKR displayed flexibility by promoting Russel up the order. While Russel was getting his eye in, Gill took the charge and got out with an unlucky top edge and DK too soon got out without troubling the scorers to an unplayable Archer’s arrow. It was KKR’s two main men in Russell and Morgan and Russell started the carnage and looked set to take KKR past 200 but fell to the brilliant plan set forth by team RR. It was then Morgan displayed his stature and calm and along with Cummins and Nagarkoti later, took KKR to a respectable 174.

Gill was in sublime touch scoring 47 off 34
The calm of Eoin Morgan helped KKR past 170

When RR came out to chase the target, the template was clear for the KKR bowlers- Get the Top 3 and the game is yours. Smith looked rusty and Cummins was too hot to handle even for him. Samson and Buttler looked to cruise but were removed in quick succession by Shivam Mavi who was at his ripping best. The rest of the KKR bowlers chipped in and if not for a Curran’s late charge, RR could have been staring at a drubbing. Special mentions in the game went to Kamlesh Nagarkoti who returned to the stage after two Years of injury and took a flying catch and got two crucial wickets in succession. Varun Chakraborthy continues his good run and the KKR bowling line up led by Pat Cummins looked at it’s fearsome best.

Shivam Mavi was the pick of the bowlers scalping Buttler and Samson

Here are some key take aways from the game last night:

  1. RR and Lack of Batting firepower in the Middle : RR is fast becoming heavily dependent on the team 3. They need the likes of Stokes in the middle order to provide stability. With no updates on his arrival yet, RR might be staring at down side with the bigger grounds now their courtyard.
  2. The Toss Factor: With the batting heavily relying on top 3, RR like SRH has to win the toss and bat first at all costs and back their decent bowling to defend the target. Batting second may often backfire for them.
  3. KKR’s young guns firing : It would have been so easy for any franchise to let go the two youngsters who have had injuries for the last 2 Years. But backing them in the bad times is now paying rich dividends for them. DK looks to be handling them really well and that can be an ominous sign for the oppositions.

Here are some of the best tweets from the cricket fraternity for the game last night.

All is well that ends well