Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A soft target for the KKR

Well with the Kolkata Knight Riders showing their comparatively best performance in this year's Indian Premier League, the opponent which they have been scheduled to play against happened to be another apple pie with the Deccan Chargers crashing once again after failing to get past 169 set by the Kolkata team. Though that was a decent total, that was definitely not a total that could not be chased. With batsmen like Sohal, Sangakkara and Christian in the side the total should have been chased down which as usual didn't happen. However, that is a different issue with ups and downs being prevalent.

It is still a mystery that the home team usually stays at the receiving end of the thrashing that the visiting team gives. This time as well, the situation was hardly different with the home team namely Hyderabad falling short of the target set forward by the visitors namely the Kolkata team. Starting with the Kolkata Knight Riders' innings, the visitors left hardly any stones unturned with all of the six batsmen contributing to the total of 169 which could promise a start or at least save some face for the team. Needless to be said, Yousuf Pathan's 47 was the highlight.

With the results apart, the Kolkata Knight Riders' captain - Gautam Gambhir should reconsider having Jacques Kallis in the playing eleven with his style of play suiting only the South African team and that too only in the longer forms of the game. One can go through the scorecard to see Kallis scoring 30 runs from 31 balls at just run a ball efficiency. This is one of the many times Kallis has been seen dong this. Had there been some blows from the batsmen, the team could have seen Mark Boucher and Yousuf Pathan play a little more than expected.

All fingers point towards Kallis for consuming too many balls en route to his double figure score. So should Eoin Morgon and Manoj Tiwary to a greater extent. Like it has always been happening, the Deccan Chargers' bowlers showed no signs of experimenting with their bowlers with four out of six bowling their full quota of 4 overs and one bowler bowling 3 overs. The bowler with the least economy bowled just one over with Shikar Dhawan being the lucky guy. This doesn'y mean he should have been given another over to spoil his team's chances. But, Amit Mishra could have been given another over.

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