Well I just cannot recall whether the Kolkata Knight Riders team had a win in their second encounter no matter against which team they played. Oh! Yes, I just recall the way Brendon McCullum thrashed the Royal Challengers Bangalore by scoring an unbeaten 158 in the very first encounter of the maiden venture exactly four years back. But, the end result of the tournament was that the Kolkata Knight Riders didn't even make it to the semi-finals of the tournament. Of course, neither did the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With that being past, yesterday, for a change Kolkata won the match.
The scorecard reveals a complete team work by the Kolkata Knight Riders' batsmen namely Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiway and Gautam Gambhir all of whom scored double digit scores. However, the total of 163 was a little bit below the mark when as I have quoted in my earlier posts that a run ate of anything less than 9.0 runs an over is just below average. But, all that mattered was the fact that towards the end of the game, the Kolkata Knight Riders team were victorious by 9 runs which should be a good sign, given their records in the previous three editions.
The players from Kolkata Knight Riders could have played much better cricket with still to come batsmen like Ryan ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan and Iqbal Abdulla who could have well seen the score past that ideal figure. Instead, the Kolkata Knight Riders stayed with four batsmen which just gave them a whisker and nothing else. One has to highlight the presence of a player from a lesser known cricketing nation with Ryan ten Doeschate hailing from Holland and still attracting a franchisee. There are so many players from decent countries like Australia who have failed to get their names bid.
And, if a player from Holland has been able to do so, that should be rejoiced for a team is coming up in its own terms. Glenn McGrath was forced to opt out from last year's IPL when the player lost hopes in the Delhi team management too see him bowl yorkers and line & length deliveries which forms a different story. In yesterday's match, however it was boring to read a few names which were never heard before like Ishank Jaggi, Barat Chipli, Dwaraka Ravi Teja etc to name a few. Howevrer, Steyn Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma have been decent bowlers if not a team with decent batsmen.