Kings XI Punjab, on Saturday, suffered a spectacular loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders to lose their fifth game on the trot. It was also their sixth defeat in just seven games of the ongoing IPL 2020. The Kolkata-based outfit beat the KXIP by two runs to pile more misery on them.
Chasing 165, KXIP were looking set to end their losing streak when their in-form openers – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – shared a 115-run stand in less than 15 overs for the first wicket. The stand was broken by Prasidh Krishna when he sent back Agarwal for 56.
At that stage, it looked like the win was a mere formality for KXIP. But somehow, the KL Rahul-led side found a way to lose the game as they ended their innings on 162 for 5. They needed 20 runs from the final two overs and with a well-set Rahul in the middle, it looked like the game was still in KXIP’s side.
However, Krishna bowled a brilliant 19th over in which he conceded just six runs while taking the wickets of Prabhsimran Singh and Rahul. In the final over, Sunil Narine conceded only 11 to power KKR to the stunning victory.
Anil Kumble faces the heat:
With KXIP suffering another loss, their head coach Anil Kumble is facing the heat from the fans. The furious fans questioned his decisions in the game particularly the one to send Prabhsimran ahead of Glenn Maxwell. When KXIP needed 21 from the last 16 balls, their team-management sprung a big surprise by sending the young and inexperienced Prabhsimran Singh.
The youngster struggled to deal with pressure as he played three consecutive dot balls and was eventually out for 4 off seven balls. Maxwell came out after his dismissal and although he hit two fours during his 5-ball knock, it was not enough.
And soon after KXIP lost the game, the fans took to Twitter to slam Anil Kumble with some even calling for his removal. Some even went as far as calling the bowling legend a fraud.
Here are some of the reactions:
Fir haar gaye…. @realpreityzinta ji please fire this Anil Kumble before he leads you to 1 win in 14 games…
Who in the hell sends Prabhsimran ahead of Maxwell while chasing 8-9 RPO in last few overs…
What the fuck dude, what the actual fuck. Fuck off
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) October 10, 2020
Kohli did the best thing for Indian team by pushing Kumble out. 🤣
— rootofall3vil (@rootofall3vil) October 10, 2020
Why play Maxwell if you think Simran Singh is better than him.. sack Kumble with immediate effect @lionsdenkxip
— JSK (@imjsk27) October 10, 2020
This loss is on Kumble. This is so unfair on maxwell man.
Rahul had to finish it after eating up so many dots. Well played Mayank. This is the end for kings 11. Sad it’s so early.
— Pradhyoth (@Pradhyoth1) October 10, 2020
Thank god Kumble ko time pe nikal dia
— Cummo’s Grumpy 🍻🚩 (@soul__grumpy) October 10, 2020
Kumble😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 what a fraud
— ͏ ͏ (@fakeacc_18) October 10, 2020
Anil kumble ji kyaa Kar rahe ho aap jeete huye match bhi haar rahi Hai Punjab …..4 match mein Punjab ko easily jeet Jana chaiya tha …..aapne to saari team Ka satyanaash krke Rakh Diya @anilkumble1074
— Aditya Sindhi (@AdityaSindhi) October 10, 2020
@lionsdenkxip don’t know what’s wrong, but sending Simran above @Gmaxi_32 was not something any cricket fan would expect from experienced people like @anilkumble1074 and others. And this wasn’t even a turnaround from KKR.#IPL2020 #KXIP #KKRvsKXIP #KXIPvsKKR #IPLinUAE
— Karandeep Nagpal (@karandeepnagpal) October 10, 2020
Speechless but so frustrating to see this man…… Poor poor very poor man managment from @anilkumble1074 ,expected better from him… But we lost 4 out of 6 just because of these small fuckups in decision making. #IPL2020 #KXIP
Hell man bring someone who use brain little more https://t.co/quoWUiYsMI
— Gurwinder Kahlon (@GurwinderKahlo6) October 10, 2020
Didn’t send Maxwell after the Wicket of Nicholas Pooran
Le Anil Kumble be like:- pic.twitter.com/MRQ1WWooBw
— Rachit Maheshwari (@RachitNawal) October 10, 2020
Prabhsimran ahead of Mandeep or Maxwell? He may well win the game for Kings XI, but wonder what the thinking was. Not like they’re sitting pretty at the top to be taking such chances.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) October 10, 2020