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IPL 7, Match 34: ANALYSIS – How KKR outplayed the table toppers KXIP.

KKR realized need of a win to make their play-off chances better as they outplayed the table toppers KXIP and won the game comfortably by 9 wickets. Sehwag & Gambhir’s knocks were notable in the game. Sportz Wiki brings you a special analysis of the KXIP-KKR game played at Cuttak’s Barabati Stadium.

The Way the both the teams went through:

After winning the toss KKR put KXIP into bat and KXIP got off to a flyer with Virender Sehwag striking well. They stated really well scoring 10 an over. But in middle overs they slowed down a bit but Sehwag scoring at a good pace kept the rate over 8 till 14th over. But In last 6 overs they could just put on 37 runs losing 5 wickets, ending up at 149/8.

Chasing a moderate target KKR got a brilliant start once again with Robin Uthappa providing them the initial move on. After he was dismissed Captain Gautam Gambhir coolly took towards the target along with Manish Pandey with another 3 overs to spare.

The Great KXIP collapse:

 

KXIP look towards setting a big target with Sehwag on full flow, Miller already set and Bailey yet to come. But a strict bowling from KKR led by Piyush Chawla broke down the hopes of KXIP of big total. KXIP looked ahead till 14 over but the collapse lost them the plot in the game.

Analysis of the best performers of the game.

Gautam Gambhir – [63 runs, 45 balls; 7×4’s] {Man of the Match}:

It was a kept knock from Gautam Gambhir which led KKR’s chase from front to seize the game against KXIP. In the chase Uthappa started really well scoring at a quick pace. It made Gambhir to anchor the innings. Soon after Robin was dismissed he took the charge to go over the bowlers. He hardly scored boundaries but stroked for one and twos regularly.

 

Gambhir scored runs of every bowler but especially he played Dhawan & Maxwell really well. He was unbeaten on 63 off 45 balls which included 7 fours. He received Man of the Match award for his innings.

Gambhir against each bowler.

 

Piyush Chawla – [4-0-19-3]:

Chawla has been impressive for KKR in couple of matches as like in this game. He dismissed the dangerous Maxwell in his first over itself.  He kept on the tight line-lengths and didn’t let the opposition to score. Chawla brought Sehwag under pressure and made him to play and got succeeded in removing Sehwag when looked to take KXIP post a huge score. He picked Dhawan of the last ball of his bowling spell.

Out of the four overs he bowled he didn’t concede even a single boundary and bowled 7 dot balls conceding 19 runs.

Chawla against each batsman.

 

Virender Sehwag – [72 runs, 50 balls; 8×4’s, 1×6’s]:

Sehwag has been consistent in this IPL even though didn’t score big, he kept scoring 30’s. Once again he started the innings with smashing a boundary of innings first ball. He continued his sizzling start as he scored 22 of just 8 balls. However, he slowed down a bit after that as he scored 15 off next 19 balls feeling nervous 30’s. But he breached the shekels as he started to hit once again. He went past 50 off 36 balls his first of the season. He looked set for a biggie but fell to Chawla after scoring 72.

His 72 runs came of just 50 balls and most of them coming against Kallis who Sehwag attacked well. Sehwag crossed 300 fours in IPL in this game and he is at no.2 in that list.

He completed his fifty in 38 balls. He smashed 4 sixers in his 59 runs knock.

Sehwag against each bowler.

 

Akshar Patel – [4-0-20-0]:

Akshar Patel has been impressive with ball throughout the tournament as once again he bowled exceptionally well. He bowled the ball around off stump for Left handers and Right handers. He bowled 12 dot balls in his 4 overs which is half of the bowling quota. He is among the top 5 economical spinners in this tournament so far.

 

In his spell he was been hit for two fours one of them which he bowled too short. He conceded 20 runs but couldn’t picking up a wicket in spite of bowling really well.

A Patel against each batsman.

 

Credits: ESPNCRICINFO & IPL T20 Websites for Statistical Pictures.

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