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Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Suryakumar Yadav Praised Leg-Spinner Rahul Chahar Who Picked 3 Wickets On His ODI Debut

Suryakumar Yadav was full of praise and really pleased for his Mumbai Indians and India teammate Rahul Chahar, who made his ODI debut for India in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

In conversation with the press after collecting the Man of the Series trophy in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, the middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav shed light on how Rahul Chahar has built a lot of confidence from his time at the Mumbai Indians.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav: Rahul Chahar Got Confidence After Playing For Mumbai Indians

Rahul Chahar has an experience of 3 T20Is where has picked as many wickets. He has also played 38 IPL matches, collecting 41 wickets at a decent average and strike-rate of 24.41 and 19.76 respectively. He picked 3 scalps in his debut ODI which India lost averaging 18 with the ball.

“He’s been doing this for us every now and then, for Mumbai Indians also and he’s got a lot of confidence from there. I still remember the first game of this season in Chennai, things didn’t go his way but the way he bounced back and got the support from the team management was really nice to see,” said Suryakumar Yadav.

Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar. Image Credits: Twitter

“When he came back, he bounced back with a Man of the Match performance. That’s how it is. When he plays for the franchise, he gets a lot of support and the same culture was here as well.

“Playing his first ODI, he got a lot of support from the team management and all the players. I was really happy to see him bowl so well. There was a little bit of dew and the wicket was not that helpful for the bowlers but he extracted some spin really well,” said Suryakumar Yadav.

Rahul Chahar, the 21-year old, is coming off the back of an impressive IPL season, bagging 11 wickets, at an average of 18.36 and an economy rate of 7.21. With fellow spinners from the Indian side struggling to find consistency in their bowling, the door could be open for the leg-spinner to make his way into India’s white-ball team.

Mumbai Indians Showed Confidence In Rahul Chahar

Mumbai Indians showed confidence in this skilful leg spinner and gave him 13 of the 16 matches they played in 2019. There is no dearth of talent in him and he surely proved that in the 2020 season scalping 15 wickets, not letting the batsmen get away with his clever googlies.

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar Photo: © Twitter/@IPLd (Main Image)
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar Photo: © Twitter/@IPLd (Main Image)

Captain Rohit Sharma had used him in the powerplay often and he proved that he could do the difficult job too. He picked 11 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021 including a career-best haul of 4/27.

In IPL 2021, the 21-year-old turned the match against KKR on its head with his 4 for 27 against the two-time champions. Rahul Chahar sent back the top four Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen (Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, and Eoin Morgan) and registered figures of 4-0-27-4 that won him the Player of the Match award.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI
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Prithvi Shaw’s Innings A Template Of How KKR Wants To Play, Says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum, KKR’s head coach is not impressed with the way the campaign has gone for the Knights in the ongoing 14th edition of the IPL after suffering a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals on Thursday which sees Kolkata Knight Riders sitting at the fifth spot in the points table with just two wins after seven games.

Both Brendon McCullum and skipper Eoin Morgan are associated with playing an aggressive brand of cricket. But the KKR hasn’t managed to do that and Brendon McCullum says it has been nothing short of disappointing at how the team has played so far, including the loss to DC.

KKR coach Brendon McCullum (left) and captain Eoin Morgan at training. (Twitter)
KKR coach Brendon McCullum (left) and captain Eoin Morgan at training. (Twitter)

Brendon Mccullum: Prithvi Shaw’s Innings Was A Template Of How KKR Wants To Play With An Aggressive Approach

Prithvi Shaw scored the fastest fifty of Indian Premier League 2021 on Thursday during the chase of 155 against Kolkata Knight Riders as due to his 41-ball 82, Delhi Capitals pulled off a comprehensive 7-wicket win to grab second place on the points table.

“I am glad you asked me this. It is very disappointing, as a player you are asked to be given freedom, confidence, and loyalty when it comes to selection. To go out there and take the game on, and be aggressive to try and make things happen for your team.

“That’s the style of play that myself and captain Eoin Morgan have asked of our players. But unfortunately, we are not getting it in abundance that we need and what we saw from Prithvi Shaw tonight was a perfect template of how we want to play,” he said while replying to an ANI query in the post-match virtual press conference.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals’ innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL

But Brendon McCullum is clear that if the boys cannot get their act right, he will have to sit with the senior team management and take calls that will see KKR return to winning ways.

“You cannot hit every ball for four or six, you can have the intent to do so. Unfortunately tonight we did not play as many shots, and that has become a theme and there’s a saying that I followed throughout my career — if you cannot change the man, change the man. We need to make some changes and try and bring some fresh personnel who can try to take the game on a bit more,” he pointed.

KKR has maintained their 5th spot in the points table after this defeat. However, with just 2 wins from half of their league games, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are looking bleak. KKR has batsmen – Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Jackson, and Tim Seifert – warming the bench as the side-eye changes in the games to follow.

Brendon McCullum: Batting Order On Paper Is Really Good But Hasn’t Yet Delivered

While the KKR batting line-up looks to have the firepower it needs, the runs on the board have left a lot to be desired and Brendon McCullum feels that the batsmen at the top need to take the initiative when the ball is new as the surface is slow.

“The batting order on paper is really good, but it just hasn’t delivered. You only look at the best games of the guys when you are putting batting order together, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go on with it to post a suitable score. Andre Russell did well to take us to that score, but on a slow surface like that, you need to maximize the new ball in the fielding restrictions.”

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“In T20 cricket, you got to part the old school mentality of scoring a boundary and then taking a one, you have to try and put pressure on opposition teams, if you score boundary, you need to look for another one. It is very difficult if you are not looking for that boundaries. I have asked to be more aggressive and we continue to not do that, we have to make some changes for sure,” Brendon McCullum said. 

On the Ahmedabad pitch that seemed like a batting paradise, KKR batsmen only collected 154 runs in their 20 overs. A lion’s share of these came through the late flourish by Andre Russell (45 off 27). The top-3 of Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi got off to a good start but failed to step on the gas for the umpteenth time in the tournament. Skipper Eoin Morgan was ineffective, and the gamble of promoting Sunil Narine didn’t pay off either.

Sunil Narine has managed to score 10 runs in 4 matches while Eoin Morgan has managed 92 runs in 7 games with a highest of 47 as KKR’s middle order has failed repeatedly this season.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals: 156/3 (Prithvi Shaw 82, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Pat Cummins 3/24 ) beat Kolkata Knight Riders: 154/6 (Andre Russell 45*, Shubman Gill 43; Lalit Yadav 2/13) by 7 wickets.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Suggested New Opening Pair For Kolkata Knight Riders In IPL 2021

Sunil Gavaskar, legendary former opener and commentator suggested a new opening pair for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021 while stating that Shubman Gill is struggling and Nitish Rana is better suited at No.3.

Seeing the Kolkata Knight Riders opening combination of Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill failing to provide KKR a good enough start in IPL 2021, legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar suggested a new opening pair for the Eoin Morgan-led side going ahead in the Indian Premier League. Sunil Gavaskar said there is a case for Rahul Tripathi to open with Sunil Narine.

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill ©BCCI/IPL
Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill ©BCCI/IPL

Sunil Gavaskar: There’s A Case For Rahul Tripathi To Open With Sunil Narine

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill have opened for KKR in the 6 matches that they have played this season but have failed to put together a significant partnership at the top. While Nitish Rana has been amongst the runs (186 runs in 6 games) especially at the start of the tournament, Shubman Gill has been struggling big time(89 runs in 6 games).

Sunil Narine (KKR) ©BCCI/IPL
Sunil Narine (KKR)
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The talented right-hander has the highest score of 33 and has not been able to hit the boundaries as per his liking in the powerplay which has hurt KKR a great deal. Rahul Tripathi, on the other hand, has been the most consistent KKR batsman this season.

“Nitish Rana, in the years that he has been very successful for KKR, he has been batting at No.3. So, if Rahul Tripathi can open the batting, which he used to do earlier on for the other franchises, maybe that’s the way to go for him,” Gavaskar told Star Sports after KKR returned to winning ways after four straight losses by beating PBKS by 5 wickets in Ahmedabad.

Sunil Gavaskar said Sunil Narine, who has been floating in the middle order can be asked to open with Rahul Tripathi who has managed to score 168 runs in 6 games.

“I think KKR have to make up their minds whether Sunil Narine opens the batting with Shubman Gill or Rahul Tripathi opens the batting. With Shubman Gill also – struggling and not quite there; maybe there is a case for Tripathi to open with Sunil Narine,” added Sunil Gavaskar.

Sunil Gavaskar said Nitish Rana has found success for KKR over the years while batting at No.3 and Rahul Tripathi made a name for himself in the IPL as an opener so KKR could think of swapping their positions.

What augurs well for KKR is the return to the form of captain Eoin Morgan. The left-hander scored an unbeaten 47 off 40 balls to help KKR reach the 124-run target against Punjab Kings inside 17 overs. Sunil Gavaskar said Eoin Morgan will be pleased with the win and also rejoiced at the fact that he was back amongst runs.

“He was playing his shot well. He was being aggressive, which is his normal game. When you contribute towards teams win and steady the ship – because at one stage they were 3 wickets down and they needed that partnership between him and Rahul Tripathi – that steadied the ship and eventually to take your team home.

“That gives you a lot of confidence for the matches to come. I think, Morgan will be very pleased with the win and the way he contributed to that win,” said Sunil Gavaskar.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders were reduced to 17/3 with Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Sunil Narine back in the pavilion. Rahul Tripathi survived a run-out chance as his 66 run partnership with Eoin Morgan saw KKR winning despite losing Rahul Tripathi and Andre Russell in quick succession. Earlier, Prasidh Krishna took 3 wickets while Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine picked 2 scalps each.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 126/5 (Eoin Morgan 47*, Rahul Tripathi 41; Moises Henriques 1/5) beat Punjab Kings 123/9 (Mayank Agarwal 31, Chris Jordan 30; Prasidh Krishna 3/30) by 5 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders Batsman Rahul Tripathi Elated After His Team Registered A Five-Wicket Victory Over Punjab Kings

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by 5 wickets in Match 21 to end their four-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Monday.

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rahul Tripathi sounded really happy and content with his team’s performance in Match 21 which they won by 5 wickets against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Monday.

Kolkata Knight Riders player Rahul Tripathi
Kolkata Knight Riders player Rahul Tripathi. Credit: PTI File Photo

Kolkata Knight Riders Batsman Rahul Tripathi Credits Bowlers For Restricting Punjab Kings To A Low Total

Playing the first game of the IPL 2021 in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, Kolkata Knight Riders first restricted PBKS to 123 for 9 in 20 overs with 5 bowlers among the wickets and then, chased down the below-par total in 16.4 overs thanks to the 66-run partnership between Rahul Tripathi and his captain Eoin Morgan for the 4th-wicket. The win helped KKR end their four-match losing streak this season and also helped them move up 3 places to 5th position on the IPL 2021 table.

“Feels nice that we’ve won the game. It was an important game for us after having lost three games in a row. Bowlers did extremely well to restrict them to a low total. We did lose early wickets but we knew that if we played proper cricketing shots, we could chase it down,” Tripathi said.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan. Twitter/@KKRiders

The right-handed No. 3 batsmen scored 41 off 32 balls and was the more aggressive partner when he was batting with skipper Eoin Morgan, who remained unbeaten on 47 off 40 balls.

Rahul Tripathi Thought He Was Run Out In The 4th Over But Was Disappointed To Lose His Wicket In The 11th Over

But despite ending up on the winning side, Rahul Tripathi said he was very disappointed to have given away his wicket in the 11th over without completing the chase. He also shed light on the close run-out chance which he survived, even though at that moment he had thought that he was out and started to walk back to the KKR dugout.

Rahul Tripathi survived a close run-out chance in the 4th over of KKR's run chase vs PBKS (Courtesy of PTI/BCCI)
Rahul Tripathi survived a close run-out chance in the 4th over of KKR’s run chase vs PBKS (Courtesy of PTI/BCCI)

“Yeah, I thought I was out (on that dive which saved him from a run out). Saw the throw coming and felt that I was a fraction late. Was a little upset but on seeing the replay, was really happy. I was set, wanted to take a chance against the off spinner. Probably should have gone harder, went half-hearted. Rash shot. Would have loved to carry on,” Rahul Tripathi said.

The two-time champions KKR will get very little recovery time after this game as they will have to be ready for Delhi Capitals within 2 days’ time at Motera.

PBKS, who made one change to their playing XI, bringing in Chris Jordan to replace Fabian Allen, were put in to bat first on a fresh surface in Ahmedabad. PBKS lost KL Rahul after the score was 36 while Chris Gayle was dismissed soon after of the very first ball he faced.

The likes of Deepak Hooda, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, and Nicholas Pooran followed suit and were dismissed with a score of 79/6 in the 15th over. Chris Jordan’s 30 off 18 balls wasn’t enough to register a match-winning total. Prasidh Krishna took 3 wickets while Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine picked 2 scalps.

Then, Kolkata Knight Riders were reduced to 17/3 with Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Sunil Narine back in the pavilion. Rahul Tripathi survived a run-out chance as his 66 run partnership with Eoin Morgan saw KKR winning despite losing Rahul Tripathi and Andre Russell in quick succession.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 126/5 (Eoin Morgan 47*, Rahul Tripathi 41; Moises Henriques 1/5) beat Punjab Kings 123/9 (Mayank Agarwal 31, Chris Jordan 30; Prasidh Krishna 3/30) by 5 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Deep Dasgupta : Confidence In KKR Camp Is At An All Time Low

Deep Dasgupta has suggested that confidence in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) camp is at an all-time low, following another defeat in IPL 2021. KKR has now lost four games on the bounce and is currently at the bottom of the league standings.

The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Rajasthan Royals last night. They scored only 133 runs while batting first at the Wankhede Stadium, a low total given the smooth nature of the wicket in Mumbai.

Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: KKR’s Body Language Suggested The Mentality Of The Team

Deep Dasgupta highlighted that KKR’s body language in the field suggested where they are as a team.

“Their body language tells you the confidence level which is obviously low when you have lost 4 games on the bounce it can be high.You can understand what they are going through and that’s why it is imperative that the dressing room environment is looked into so that they are happy, not too worried, making sure that they are in a better mental space.”

“The missed catches, misfields just tells you that they need a pick me up. This current situation is not easy for them.” Deep Dasgupta said on Sports Today.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

“The tournament is far from over, they need to win quite a few from here on, but they are very much in the race. It’s way too early to lose heart, and I’m sure they won’t lose heart. They are a good side and have the experience as well,”

One of the most followed franchises in the cricket world, KKR is now at the eighth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. Their worst performance in tournament history came in 2009 when they finished last in the edition that was played in South Africa. Two-time IPL champions KKR won both their trophies under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. Under Dinesh Karthik, they last qualified for the playoffs in 2018.

Deep Dasgupta: All Players Want To Do Well For The Franchise

KKR’s top order came under the scanner as they only put up 24 runs in the powerplay against the Rajasthan Royals. Deep Dasgupta dispelled doubts about KKR players not being interested enough as he highlighted how many things are at stake based on players’ IPL performances.

“I don’t think they are disinterested, that’s being too harsh on them. All of them want to do well for the franchise, themselves, for their individual future because a lot is at stake for the Indian and international players here.”

Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
Nitish Rana Image Source: IPL

The former India wicketkeeper further added: “Someone like Shubman, he would want to be there for the Indian side at the T20 World Cup. Varun Chakravarthy missed out on his international debut because of his injury, Nitish Rana was extremely close to making the national team as well. There is a lot at stake for the Indians here. It’s not just about the tournament, it’s about their future as well.” Dasgupta told Sports Today

KKR will be in action next on April 26 when they square off against the Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad. Eoin Morgan’s men ended the Mumbai leg without a win and the skipper will hope that their fortunes change with a switch in the venue. Despite four consecutive defeats in the IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief mentor David Hussey has revealed the team morale remains high and the players are confident of turning things around.

KKR started the tournament with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai. However, the side then went on to suffer a hat-trick of defeats against Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). On Saturday, they lost to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets after yet another disappointing outing as a batting unit.

Nitish Rana is their leading run-scorer and 6th overall with 186 runs in 5 matches while Rahul Tripathi has managed 127 runs followed by Andre Russell (108 runs). Andre Russell is the leading wicket-taker with 7 scalps to his name.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2021: I Agree With Graeme Swann, There Was No Intent There, Says Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel and Graeme Swann were baffled that Kolkata lacked intent. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to post only 133 for 9 on a good batting surface in Mumbai after their batsmen failed yet again. Andre Russell, who came into bat only in the 16th over, managed to hit just 9 runs against Rajasthan Royals while the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Eoin Morgan fared no better.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann said it was surprising to see Kolkata Knight Riders’ lack of intent in Match 18 of IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kolkata Knight Riders managed just 133 for 9 in the stipulated 20 overs after being sent into bat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where totals in excess of 180 have been regularly posted this season.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders Weren’t Trying To Hit Boundaries In The First 15 Overs Which Was Strange Enough: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann said it seemed as if Kolkata Knight Riders weren’t looking to force the pace by looking for boundaries after the 2-time champions kept losing regular wickets despite not taking too many risks in the first 15 overs of their innings. KKR started cautiously and were 25 for 1 at the end of the powerplay after losing Shubman Gill for just 11 runs despite the Royals dropping the young opener once.

KKR’s decision to send Sunil Narine at No. 4 also didn’t work according to the plans as the pinch-hitter fell for 6. Captain Eoin Morgan, who came in at No. 5, unfortunately, fell for 0 without facing a delivery as he was run out at the non-striker’s end after a mix-up with Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi got a 33-run stand going but they were not able to impart any momentum into the innings.

Graeme Swann Twitter
Graeme Swann Twitter

KKR were 93 for 4 at the end of 15 overs and they held back dashing batsman Andre Russell, who had hit a quickfire fifty in the previous match against CSK. Andre Rusell, who walked into bat in the 16th over, managed just 9 runs as Chris Morris picked up his wicket and removed a well-set Dinesh Karthik in the same over which was the 18th over of KKR’s innings.

Pat Cummins hit a six in the final over but he was undone by a slower ball from Chris Morris, who finished with figures of 4/23. It was a strange inning from Kolkata as their top order and renowned batsmen failed to get going once again.

“Well, I am not sure what his plan was. It certainly wasn’t about being aggressive. You expect them to go out and play aggressively, given they have Brendon McCullum as their coach,” Graeme Swann told Star Sports.

“But 25 for 1 in the first 6 overs. Very, very confusing. I mean, the guys bowled well, the lefties (from Rajasthan) bowled well. There was a brilliant run-out as well. But the first 15 overs, it didn’t really seem like KKR were trying to hit boundaries. Very strange but maybe it’s one of those days when things didn’t work for them,” he added.

Rahul Tripathi was the top scorer with 36 runs of 26 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes as he was the only one who was looking to be aggressive but the others succumbed under pressure and were dismissed in order to increase the run rate.

Kolkata Knight Riders Didn’t Show Intent: Parthiv Patel

Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said he was baffled that Kolkata didn’t use the likes of Andre Russell properly despite his fireworks at the same venue a couple of nights ago. Andre Russell hit a six but he was caught in the deep mid-wicket when trying to clear the boundary again in the 18th over against Chris Morris.

“I agree with Swann. There was no intent there. Some of the shots they played, some of the run-outs, it seemed as if they were not looking for runs. In the first 6 overs, you have to take your chances.” Parthiv Patel said.

“You can’t just block it out, especially on a wicket like this. They did not utilize Andre Russell. In the kind of form he is, he can’t play only the last 4 overs,” Pathiv Patel said.

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Kolkata Knight Riders headed into Match 18 on the back of three successive defeats. After Rajasthan’s win by 6 wickets, KKR is placed at the last 8th spot. Rajasthan achieved the target losing only 4 wickets as skipper Sanju Samson scored a 41 ball 42 while David Miller scored 24 off 23 balls and both were unbeaten. Kolkata Knight Riders are languishing at the bottom place with 1 win and 4 losses.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 134/4 (Sanju Samson 42*, David Miller 24; Varun Chakravarthy 2/32) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 133/9 (Rahul Tripathi 36, Dinesh Karthik 25; Chris Morris 4/23) by 6 wickets.  

Vijay Shankar (Pic Source: IPL T20)
Vijay Shankar (Pic Source: IPL T20)
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IPL 2021: Trevor Bayliss Explains The Reason Behind Vijay Shankar’s Promotion

Trevor Bayliss, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach opened up about the reason why Vijay Shankar batted ahead of Abdul Samad during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL 2021.

Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the match against Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday (April 12). While chasing 188, Sunrisers Hyderabad found themselves 10 runs short in spite of losing only five wickets in the match.

SRH coach Trevor Bayliss (Photo/ iplt20.com)
SRH coach Trevor Bayliss (Photo/ iplt20.com)

Trevor Bayliss: Vijay Shankar Was SRH’s Best Player During The Practice Games

Vijay Shankar, who batted at the number six position for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game, failed to hit big shots when the team needed a high required rate to win. After arriving on the crease in the 16th over, Vijay Shankar played 7 balls and could only score 11 runs. Abdul Samad, who arrived after Vijay Shankar’s dismissal, hit 19 runs off just 8 balls along with two sixes.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar Photo: © Twitter – IPL (Main Image)

Trevor Bayliss revealed that Vijay Shankar was their best player during the practice matches. For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Manish Pandey (61*) and Jonny Bairstow (55) played beautiful knocks. Abdul Samad also scored quick runs (19* off 8) in the end but the team ultimately remained short of 10 runs for victory.

“The practice matches that we had a few days ago, Vijay Shankar was our best player. He struck the ball beautifully. He hit the many balls long over the fence,” Trevor Bayliss said.

Speaking about Abdul Samad, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach said that he has shown that he has got a lot of talent.

“From the first ball he faced, Samad was in a short space of time. In the last and this IPL, he has shown that he has got a lot of talent and he is a plain striker of the ball.

“I think he will get more experience when he gets more opportunities,” Trevor Bayliss added.

Vijay Shankar scored 97 runs in 7 matches averaging a modest 24.25 in IPL 2020 while also picking 4 scalps at an average of 20.5 last season. Abdul Samad managed 111 runs in 12 games averaging a modest 22.2 but his strike rate was an exceptional 170.76 in IPL 2020.

Nitish Rana And Rahul Tripathi Ensures KKR’s Victory

Kolkata Knight Riders batted first in the match and put up 187-6 on the scoreboard. Opener Nitish Rana (80) and one-down Rahul Tripathi (53) smashed half-centuries. A quickfire knock of 22 off 9 balls by keeper Dinesh Karthik helped KKR to reach a defendable total in the end. KKR’s Nitish Rana was awarded player of the match for his 80-run knock.

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Nitish Rana who recovered after testing COVID-19 positive earlier top-scored with 80 off 56 balls which included 9 fours and 4 sixes. The Eoin Morgan-led side eventually walked home as the winners by a margin of 10 runs despite Manish Pandey’s fighting unbeaten 61, Jonny Bairstow’s 55, and Abdul Samad’s late blitz. The latter scored an unbeaten 19 off 8 balls and looked threatening.

Kolkata Knight Riders in action during IPL 2019 | Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for BCCI
Kolkata Knight Riders in action during IPL 2019 | Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for BCCI
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IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders 3rd Team To Win 100 IPL Matches

Kolkata Knight Riders joined an elite list of teams on Sunday after their 10-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 3 of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Chennai.

Defending a target of 188 for victory, KKR restricted SRH to 177 for 5 in 20 overs to win the match and collect 2 important points from their campaign opener in Chennai.

Kolkata Knight Riders won their first match of IPL 2021 by 10 runs (PTI Image)
Kolkata Knight Riders won their first match of IPL 2021 by 10 runs (PTI Image)

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Wins Their 100th Match In IPL, Becoming 3rd Team To Do So

The win was Kolkata Knight Rider’s 100th in the IPL making them the third team after Mumbai Indians (120) and Chennai Super Kings (106) to achieve the feat in this competition.

The two-time champions, who won the tournament in 2012 and 2014, grabbed the 2nd spot after this result with 2 points from 1 match. They are tied on points with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. DC leads the table thanks to their superior net run rate while RCB is just behind Kolkata Knight Riders.

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana, AFP

Put in to bat, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 187 for 6, riding on half-centuries from Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana top-scored with a 56-ball 80 while Rahul Tripathi also hit a half-century with a 29-ball 53. Dinesh Karthik chipped in with a 9-ball 22 not out.

SRH made a fine late comeback with Rashid Khan leading the way with figures of 2/24. Mohammad Nabi also took two wickets for 32 runs. Chasing 188 for a win, SRH could score 177 for 5 with Manish Pandey top-scoring with 61 not out of 44 balls. Jonny Bairstow made a 40-ball 55.

While KKR faces Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians next on Tuesday (April 13), SRH takes on the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore a day later. Both matches will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk.

Bangalore, Delhi, And Kolkata Wins Opening Games In IPL 2021

In the 1st game, Bangalore’s MOM Harshal Patel bowled a great last over to finish with 5/27 which kept the Mumbai Indians total under check (159/5). AB De Villiers scored 48 off 27 balls as RCB beat defending champions MI by 2 wickets in a last-ball thriller. Glenn Maxwell (39 off 28 balls) and Virat Kohli (33 off 29 balls) too contributed.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Photo: BCCI / IPL

In the 2nd game between Chennai and Delhi, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw played knocks of 85 and 72 respectively to chase down the target of 189 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and guided Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win on Saturday. CSK’s total was mainly due to the contributions of comeback man Suresh Raina’s 54, Moeen Ali’s 36, and Sam Curran’s 34.

In the 3rd match, Nitish Rana top-scored for KKR with 80 runs as KKR beat SRH who were without injured Kane Williamson. SRH fought to chase 188 with Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey hitting fifties but it went in vain.

Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
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IPL 2021: Dinesh Karthik Will Do Wonders If He Opens Or Bats At No. 3 For KKR – Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha, a former India spinner said that Dinesh Karthik will do wonders for Kolkata Knight Riders if he opens for them or comes to bat at No. 3.

Former India off-spinner and IPL winner Pragyan Ojha believes that Dinesh Karthik is the pro version of Mumbai Indians star Suryakumar Yadav, and he will do wonders for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) if he opens the innings for them or comes to bat at No. 3 in IPL 2021.

Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo

Pragyan Ojha: Dinesh Karthik Is The Pro Version Of Suryakumar Yadav

Pragyan Ojha said that Dinesh Karthik is a versatile guy, but he needs those 7, 8 extra deliveries so that he can set himself up. Dinesh Karthik’s form will be key for KKR to get going in IPL 2021. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman had a forgettable 2020 IPL given his high standards.

Kolkata Knight Riders star Dinesh Karthik. (AFP Photo)
Kolkata Knight Riders star Dinesh Karthik. (AFP Photo)

Dinesh Karthik managed to score only 169 runs in 14 games at an average of 14.08, registering one half-century. Known for his ability to tee off from the start, Dinesh Karthik wasn’t really at his explosive best as he batted with a strike rate of 126.11 last season.

“I believe Dinesh Karthik opening or coming 1 down will do wonders to KKR because he is a guy if he bats long, he is so versatile. He is the pro version of Suryakumar Yadav. That’s what I feel, I have seen right from my childhood.

“That’s the reason I have always said that Dinesh Karthik should always come as an opener or maybe one down. He needs those 7, 8 extra deliveries so that you know he can set himself up,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.

Pragyan Ojha played for Mumbai Indians for 4 seasons between 2012 and 2015 and twice won the IPL title with them. Pragyan Ojha picked 89 scalps in 92 IPL games averaging 26.2 playing from 2008-2015.

After a disappointing IPL season last year in the UAE, which also saw him step down as the skipper of the side handing reins to England’s World Cup-winning captain, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik had a point to prove this season, having being ousted from India’s T20 side as well.

In IPL 2021 and KKR’s first match, Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata Knight riders’ wicket-keeper batsman was the crisis man for his side again after they lost four quick wickets as he smashed two fours and a six in his 9-ball 22-run innings to give his side a great finish to score 187 runs in their first innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL).

Nitish Rana Top Scores With 80 And Rahul Tripathi Scores 53 As KKR Wins By 10 Runs In Their 1st Match

Dinesh Karthik’s innings was the icing on the cake made by Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi, who both scored half-centuries helping KKR to recover from a slow start to take the attack to the SRH bowlers.

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana, AFP

Rahul Tripathi brought his fifty of just 28 balls, while Nitish Rana upped the run-rate after reaching his half-century. KKR started its IPL 2021 campaign on a positive note. The Eoin Morgan-led side eventually walked home as the winners by a margin of 10 runs despite Manish Pandey’s fighting unbeaten 61, Jonny Bairstow’s 55, and Abdul Samad’s late blitz.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma

KKR will play against defending champions Mumbai Indians on 13th April while SRH will take on RCB on 14th April. KKR may field the same team despite having other options like Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine, and Kuldeep Yadav while Mumbai Indians who lost the opening encounter to RCB may bring in Quinton De Kock, James Neesham, and Piyush Chawla.

Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
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Team India Call-Up Possible If Nitish Rana Delivers Regularly, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra feels an Indian team call-up might be around the corner for left-handed opening batsman Nitish Rana if he continues playing match-defining knocks like the one he played for KKR in their win against SRH.

Nitish Rana scored a belligerent 80 off just 56 deliveries to help the Kolkata Knight Riders set an imposing 188-run target for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to chase in their IPL 2021 encounter on Sunday.

The Eoin Morgan-led side eventually walked home as the winners by a margin of 10 runs despite Manish Pandey’s fighting unbeaten 61, Jonny Bairstow’s 55, and Abdul Samad’s late blitz. The latter scored an unbeaten 19 off 8 balls and looked threatening.

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana, AFP

Aakash Chopra: If Nitish Rana Keeps Playing Like This An Indian Call-up Isn’t Too Far For Him

Aakash Chopra said the southpaw Nitish Rana could soon earn a maiden India call-up if he keeps performing consistently while praising his knock in a video shared on his YouTube channel. Nitish Rana who recovered after testing Covid-19 positive earlier top-scored with 80 which included 9 fours and 4 sixes.

“Nitish Rana batted amazingly well after KKR were asked to bat first. If he keeps playing like this, an Indian team call-up might not be too far for him. There is a possibility,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted how Nitish Rana played the enforcer’s role to perfection during his partnership with Shubman Gill.

“When you play on this pitch, it is necessary to capitalize on the new ball. There Nitish Rana was running ahead of Shubman Gill and was not hesitating to take risks. Whenever he opens, his graph is up and down, with alternating 80s and zeroes. When he got out the team’s score was 160, fifty percent runs had come from his bat,” added Aakash Chopra.

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill added 53 runs for the first wicket off seven overs, with the lanky right-hander’s contribution being 15.

Aakash Chopra Stressed Nitish Rana’s Partnership With Rahul Tripathi Took Game Out Of SRH’s Reach

Aakash Chopra pointed out Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi’s second-wicket partnership had almost taken the game out of SRH’s reach. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi strung together a 93-run partnership for the 2nd wicket as KKR reached 146 in only 16th over. Rahul Tripathi scored 53 off 29 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.

“Till the time Rana and Rahul were batting it seemed like it was a totally one-sided game and KKR will reach around the 200-run mark. Both batted very well,” said Chopra.

Kolkata Knight Riders player Rahul Tripathi
Kolkata Knight Riders player Rahul Tripathi. Credit: PTI File Photo

The former KKR player concluded by observing that Nitish Rana remained aggressive right through his innings and was comfortable against both pace and spin.

“Nitish Rana hit a boundary off the first ball and after that was continuously hitting the fours and sixes against both spin and fast bowling. He is actually a very decent player,” signed off Aakash Chopra.

While Nitish Rana has showcased his potential as an opener recently, he might find it difficult to gain entry into the Indian team with the likes of KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, and Shikhar Dhawan already fighting for the spot. However, his name could be considered in case any injury or form-related issues are afflicting the aforementioned batsmen.

Dinesh Karthik was unbeaten on 22 off 9 balls while the likes of Andre Russell (5), Shakib Al Hasan (3), and Eoin Morgan (2) were dismissed while trying to hit big shots. Prasidh Krishna then picked the wickets of David Warner and Mohammad Nabi at a crucial stage.

Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan picked 1 wicket apiece and both conceded less than 35 runs. Manish Pandey’s unbeaten 61 and Jonny Bairstow’s 55 kept SRH in the hunt. SRH batsman Abdul Samad hit 2 sixes in the penultimate over but bowler Andre Russell kept his nerve in the final over as KKR won by 10 runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

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