Despite failing to make it to the top four of the second edition o the Indian Premier League, the Kolkata Knight Riders had every reason to win the remaining matches to prove their franchisee that even they are a part of this show and also to their fans that the killer instinct is still alive in them and can entertain their fans by winning the remaining matches rather than going completely dejected at the end of the first round. Until now, the color of the Kolkata Knight Riders' T-Shirt was black. But, after their performance in both the editions of the IPL and this one in particular, it looks like everything is black for them.
Some consolation regarding the Kolkata Knight Riders was that they could make use of their batsmen well by posting a decent total of 173 on the board. Even this time the Kolkata Knight Riders side lost just 4 wickets before winding up their innings. But, for a change this time the batsmen who preserved their wickets didn't fail to deliver. The captain Brendon McCullum as all of us are aware of, scored an unbeaten 84 runs off 64 balls which was thought to be a defendable one. But, that was just their illusion. Kolkata Knight Riders' bowlers never seemed to compromise with losing.
Probably, I guess this is the highest run chase in the current edition of the Indian Premier League. Until now, the Kolkata Knight Riders used to lose either by putting on a modest total on the board that the opposition never had any trouble chasing the same or by giving away too many runs that the opposition had no problems defending. But, this time the Kolkata Knight Riders went a step further and put on a mammoth score of 173 that was chased down effortlessly by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fans of the Kolkata Knight Riders might have felt comfortable to watch the Kolkata Knight Riders blasting the bowlers.
But, one to be mentioned is that by losing matches against teams like the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians, they are making way for those teams to make it to the next round for either a loss or a win would make no difference to the Kolkata Knight Riders. But, a loss or a win would be the difference between getting eliminated and passing themselves to the next round for three teams viz the RCB, MI and KXIP. The situation now gives us a hint that even the Mumbai Indians are following the footsteps of the Kolkata Knight Riders to get eliminated from the tournament. But, the difference being that the Mumbai Indians have fought it well by beating some teams atleast. After all, only 4 teams can land in the semis.