IPL 2020 Post Match Discussion- Game 16: DC vs KKR

DC is looking to be one of the teams to beat this season. They continued their fine form by emerging victorious against the former champions, Kolkata Knight Riders in a high scoring match. Let’s look at some of the main talking points from the match.

Result:- DC beat KKR by 18 runs. Scorecard

Talking Points from the match

Shreyas Iyer’s captain-like knock

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Shreyas Iyer is just 25 years old but his performance as a batsman and as a captain surpasses his age. He has shown immense maturity in his demeanor.

Yesterday too this star shined brilliantly. Prithvi Shaw’s half-century had given Delhi an explosive start and it was now upto Shreyas Iyet to capitalize on the momentum. He was brilliant throughout the match. He remained unbeaten with a fantastic knock of 88*(38) scoring at a SR of 231.58. His innings included 7 fours and 6 sixes and helped DC post a gigantic total of 228 on board.

Shreyas Iyer is currently the leading runscorer from the side and has been leading the team from the front both as a captain and as a batsman. Simply classy stuff.

Is KKR’s 15.5 crores going into waste?

When KKR bought Pat Cummins for an eye popping amount of 15.5 crores, many eyebrows were raised. Some justified it saying that Pat Cummins is one of the best bowlers of the modern era. It’s true to as he is in the top 10 in both Tests and ODI but when it comes to IPL, he has dissapointed hugely.

Pat has played 4 matches till now and has taken only 2 wickets. He also has been ineffective economy wise as his economy in IPL 2020 in 9.28. His bowling average and bowling strike rate stand at an astonishing 65.00 and 42.00 which makes the matter worse.

Much was expected from the stylish bowler but he has failed to step up as was expected from him. Will he bounce back and show what he is capable of or will KKR’s 15.5 crores go in waste? Only time can tell.

Eoin Morgan’s late heroics

KKR had near to nil chances to win the game. Nitish Rana’s composed half-century did give the team some hopes but a quick fall of wickets meant that all hopes disappeared.

When Eoin Morgan came on the crease, the score was 117/4 in 12.4 overs. Soon the score spiralled down to 122/6. The onus was on Eoin Morgan to deliver.

Two consecutive sixes in the 16th over bowled by Rabada! Three consecutive sixes in the 18th over! Eoin Morgan was smashing Rabada all around the ground. He was making an in-form bowler look like a kid. He brought KKR close to a victory. As long as Morgan was on the crease, hopes of a win were still alive but as soon as he got out, KKR’s chances nearly got out too. Though he couldn’t win the match for his team, he still performed really well with the bat.

Rahul Tripathi or Sunil Narine

In the past few games, KKR has put their trust on Sunil Narine to give the team an explosive start. But now it seems that every team out there has figured Narine’s weakness out. He has failed to deliver with the bat but Dinesh’s continued faith in him as an opener is raising a lot of questions.

When it was announced that Rahul Tripathi had been brought to the lineup, it was expected that he would open. It didn’t happen as Narine was brought as an opener again. While Narine faltered and scored only 3 runs, Rahul Tripathi scored a quickfire knock of 36(16) that too coming at number 8. KKR’s usage of Rahul yesterday was criticized by many. Dinesh Karthik and co. need to ponder upon whether they are doing the right thing or not.

Questions to answer:-

  • Should Dinesh Karthik be sacked as a captain and let Morgan replace him?
  • Should Narine continue as an opener?
  • Does Rahul Tripathi deserve a chance to open with Shubhman Gill?

While DC has moved to the top of the table, KKR is languishing out of the safe spot of top 4. Seeing the intense competition this season, KKR needs to bring their A game soon or else their wait for a 3rd IPL trophy will be delayed. Stay tuned!

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