Inconsistent KKR batting order hangs MI in the balance

Again a batting order change by the Kolkata Knight Riders and again a defeat for them. When will they learn is a question everyone is asking the team management.

Apparently the team management decided that Narine should not open the innings due to his weakness towards the short ball, but what they don’t understand time and again is that Narine is effective during the Powerplay overs when he plays freely without any undue pressure.

Mumbai Indians batted well in the first half of their innings as Suryakumar Yadav notched another half century on top of the hot and humind environment. Rohit Sharma again came a cropper but the team was doing well with 90-odd runs in just the 9th over.

KKR bowlers did well to pull back the game as Russell came and took two quick wickets for just a paltry 12 runs off his 2 overs.

Narine bowled well as usual and was as bankable as any of the best bowlers in this IPL. He took two crucial wickets. MI managed to score 181/4 in their 20 overs on a track which was not that easy to score as predicted.

Gill and Lynn opened the batting for KKR. Just as they started breaking the shackles, Lynn and Gill got out in a shirt period of time.

Rana and Uthappa stabilised the middle innings with Uthappa notching up a well played half century after a long time.

But soon Uthappa got out to a lazy shot and in came the skipper DK.

Some tight overs by the Mumbai Indians bowlers especially Hardik and Bumrah created pressure over the two batsman and Rana perished.

It was time for Andre Russell to hammer the ball and win the game for KKR as 54 runs were needed of the last 4 overs. But Russell again perished to a short ball with a brilliant catch from Krunal. Some tight bowling ensured that DK could get the team close but not close enough to their target.


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