Last year’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders are having a horrible time in IPL 2022 as they lost yet another game in the tournament. They lost to Lucknow Super Giants by 75 runs. Shreyas Iyer, KKR captain was not a happy man as he admitted his team was outplayed.
This is their 7th loss in 11 games and they are more or less out of contention for a place in the playoffs.
In The End Overs, We Leaked Too Many Runs: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to field first, KKR got off to a great start as they got KL Rahul for a diamond duck. But then Deepak Hooda and Quinton de Kock added 71 runs for the 2nd wicket. LSG lost their way in the middle but some fine late order hitting by Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder helped them put 176 runs on the board.
KKR’s chase got off to the worst possible start as they couldn’t score in their first 9 balls. In this period, they also lost Baba Indrajith’s wicket. In the first 7 overs, KKR lost 4 wickets for just 25 runs. Andre Russell did try his best but he too fell for 45 runs off 18 balls. In the end, LSG were just too good for them.
After the game, Shreyas Iyer said about the loss, “They outplayed us in both the departments – batting and bowling. We got off to a bad start in the powerplay and also we leaked a lot of runs the death overs.”
When asked about the conditions in the middle, Iyer said, “We couldn’t read how it the pitch was going to play, and based on that we elected bowling. I thought we could have restricted them to 155-160. They got to a really nice total in the end.”
When asked about why did they decide to field first despite results of the past game suggesting otherwise, Iyer said, “We, Myself and McCullum discuss chasing, we have this conversation every now and then. I have won a lot of tosses, but it would have been good if I lost those tosses.
We are not able to capitalize on the small things. In the middle overs, we have been bowling amazing, just that we need to do well in the powerplay and in the death overs. We need to assess that and bounce back. In the next three games, we need to do that.”
KKR now have nothing to lose and they may finally play some aggressive and fearless cricket in their remaining games.