IPL 2020 Post-Match Discussion: Game 8 – KKR vs SRH

It was an important game for both KKR and SRH given the fact that they started the tournament with losses. Both KKR and SRH were involved in embarrassing defeats in their respective first games and this was their turn to add their first points to the table. Let us look at the highlights of the game.

Result: KKR won the match by 7 wickets – Match 8 Scorecard

Talking Points from the Match:

‘Pat’ a comeback!

KKR’s million-dollar buy, Patrick Cummins was terribly scrutinised after the first match against MI. Giving 49 runs in just 3 overs, Cummins was heavily trolled by the social media folk.

Cummins celebrates Bairstow’s wicket (Image Source: kkrider | Instagram)

But the best quality of champions is that they are always willing to come back with a bang, and so did Cummins. With a lot to prove in this match, Cummins gave away just 19 runs in 4 overs picking the key wicket of Jonny Bairstow. But something that those figures can never describe is the unplayable deliveries he bowled in his first spell. Undoubtedly, he was the best bowler in the game.

The McCullum-esque Captaincy

For Dinesh Karthik, the captaincy of KKR has always been a mixed bag. But this time, with Brendon McCullum as the coach, you could expect to see a change in the approach towards captaincy.

Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2019, Skipper

Dinesh Karthik (Image Source: Sportzwiki)

Especially in the first innings of the match, KKR adopted a very attacking approach in bowling. Having gone to play with 5 bowlers and sacrificing a batsman for that, Karthik kept utilising bowlers for short spells. Karthik made use of 7 bowlers throughout the game.

While Cummins was the best in the day, Varun was so good that Karthik didn’t have to ask his go-to spinner Kuldeep to complete his spell. Youngsters Nagarkoti and Mavi impressed, while Russell was good at the death-overs.

Wriddhiman Saha’s Woes

Replacing Vijay Shankar in the team, Saha had a very forgettable outing with the bat. He played 31 balls and just scored 30 hitting a six and a four. Playing over 15 dot-balls, Saha never seemed to take off throughout his innings.

Even towards the death overs, while Manish Pandey seemed to accelerate, Saha was still going on the defensive route earning the wrath of the SRH fans.

The Middle-Order Troubles Continue

SRH had David Warner take lead of its batting in 2017, while Kane Williamson took it in 2018 and in 2019, the duo of Warner and Bairstow enthralled everyone. And throughout all these years, the middle-order was as weak as a pack of cards.

Manish Pandey has often rescued SRH’s batting (Image Source: Disney+ Hotstar)

The same weak middle-order lost the game for SRH against RCB and once again, the middle-order disappointed in this match. While Saha never seemed to take off in the game, Nabi and Abhishek Sharma couldn’t make the most of the few balls they faced.

These troubles once again bring up the question, “Will Kane step in to solve the middle-order troubles of SRH?” While that seems likely, it would mean sitting out a very useful all-rounder, Nabi. SRH management has to take a tough call on this issue.

The Chilled out Gill

Less target on board meant a comfortable chase for KKR. While the fellow-opener Narine returned for a duck, Gill was impressive throughout the chase. He never seemed to panic and kept rotating the strike and scored timely boundaries to keep the required run-rate in control.

Shubman with his awards for the day (Image Source: kkrider | Instagram)

Such a matured performance surely might have gone to the selectors’ notice. Ably aided by Morgan, Shubman Gill was also able to finish the match for KKR and he deservedly won the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

Questions to answer:
  • Should Narine be stepped-down as KKR’s opener given his poor run with the bat?
  • Will KKR continue the 5-bowler strategy?
  • How will SRH address the middle-order troubles?
  • Will Kane replace Nabi as SRH’s 4th overseas player?

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