Kolkata: They came up against a roadblock just when Kolkata Knight Ride found their winning grouping. Took them back to the drawing board their 18-run loss against Delhi Capitals after two leading victories over Sunrises Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
When they face Chennai Super King (CSK) in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, They say qualms in the mind are a much greater obstacle to success than barriers on the ground and it is time the Knights have a clear idea about their batting order.
Before Kolkata fell short by 18 runs along with Rahul Tripathi Chasing a 229-run target against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah, KKR sent the in-form Eoin Morgan at No.6. The Irishman scored a strutting 18-ball 44 to take his team from 122/6 to 200/7.The result might have been different had he come up the order.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik has failed unhappily with the bat separately from failing to get the leadership decisions right. He has managed to score just 37 runs in four matches. The opening slot too remains anxious with Sunil Narine 3, 15, 0 and 9 failing on all 4 times.
Narine has looked out of sorts and it is time KKR brings in England hard-hitter Tom Banton into the team. To come good with the bat they will also hope Andre Russell has been luminous with the ball.
The bowling unit looks rather settled but pacer Pat Cummins’ conflicting performance is an anxious. The Australian has so far bagged just two wickets from the four matches.
It has longer boundaries and it might see Kuldeep Yadav back in the team KKR will also be tempted to go in with six authority bowlers in their favored den Abu Dhabi.
By 10 wickets after three consecutive losses Chennai Super Kings on the other hand have done the small things right to beat King’s XI Punjab. Having back in form with an unbeaten 83 will be a huge release for skipper MS Dhoni Shane Watson had 52 runs in the first four games.
With FAF du Plessis continuing his rich vein of form, CSK will hope to ride the momentum against KKR. CSK needs to replace K Jadhav if he is continued then he shall bat at eight after S Curran.
CSK got the better of KKR in their last six meetings. CSK lead the head-to-head chart with 13 wins from 20 matches with two wins and two losses the Knight Riders are currently fourth on the table.
The coming to form of a go wrong top-order is what CSK needed to come out of an unhappy start and will certainly look favorites against a stressed KKR.