A day when we witnessed batting performances that belong to two ends of the spectrum. Delhi Daredevils emulated RCB’s shambolic batting performance, to be bundled out for 67. But David Warner compensated for the batting dose that we should have received in the afternoon game by dishing out one of the best T20 innings in recent memory.
Delhi don’t have the most trustworthy batting line up, as a lot of onus and responsibility is on the next generation Indian batting stars, who as of now haven’t really come off age. Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Rishab Pant and Sanju Samson as your top 4 aren’t going to win you the IPL, not because they don’t have the talent, but because they don’t quite have that international experience to stay consistent for an entire season.
Kings XI obliged the fact that the Delhi batsmen made no real effort to apply themselves on a track which didn’t quite have a lot of demons. The KXIP openers then knocked off the meagre Delhi total with utter disdain.
The Warner show then took over in the evening game. KKR were then left to chase a mammoth total against one of the best bowling units of the tournament. A healthy opening stand was a must, but Siraj and Kaul struck early to almost hand SRH the match within the first 3 overs. Uthappa and Pandey got together to muster a healthy partnership but as soon as both of them fell, KKR were always facing an uphill task.
KKR’s middle order hasn’t contributed much this season, and when it was put to test last night, it failed miserably. Gambhir would be looking to address that issue and maybe Chris Woakes would be replaced by Shakib Al Hasan to strengthen the middle order a wee bit more.
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Two heavy weight sides take on each other in the Mecca of Indian Cricket. While Mumbai is enjoying its best start to an IPL season, RCB have been forced to do some soul searching.
RCB’s famed batting line up has dished out some horrendous batting performances this year. None of the batsmen(barring maybe Virat Kohli) have tried to assess conditions and play accordingly. Either they have been at it too soon, or they have held back a little too much, only to be shoved into their own shell.
Mumbai on the other hand have had a near perfect start to the season, almost finding the right team combination, and getting different sets of individuals to step up in dire situations. Almost all their players have won them games until now. One change that I have been crying out for is for Rohit Sharma to be pushed up the order, and Rayudu to slot in for Parthiv. This would help not only Mumbai Indians but also the national team, as Rohit will be taking up the openers slot for the Champions Trophy, and is in need for some match practice at that spot.
Let’s get to business now!
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