- Match 29 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended166/6(20.0) RR 8.3
DEL167/3(20.0) RR 8.3
Delhi beat Punjab Kings by 7 wickets
- Match 28 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended220/3(20.0) RR 11
HYD165/8(20.0) RR 11
Rajasthan beat Hyderabad by 55 runs
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Kolkata Knight Riders ended their losing streak of four matches on Monday night with a confidence-boosting win over Punjab Kings. While the win must lift spirits in their camp, the franchise still has gaps to fill including their opening woes with misfiring Shubman Gill continuing his lean run in IPL 2021.
Opening the innings for KKR this season, Gill has made 89 runs from six innings at a strike-rate of 120.27. However, his opening partner Nitish Rana has made 186 runs and has been the team’s top run-getter so far.
Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that KKR can experiment with a different opening combination altogether. He wants floater Sunil Narine to open alongside Rahul Tripathi who made his name as an opener.
He wants Rana to drop down to the No. 3 spot from where the lefty has been highly successful. “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.
“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,” he added.
The result wasn’t the only positive for KKR from Monday. Their captain Eoin Morgan signaled his return to form with a solid 47 not out as he saw through the chase of 124.
Gavaskar feels Morgan will gain some confidence from his own performance.
“He (Morgan) was playing his shot well. He was being aggressive, which is his normal game. At one stage they were 3 wickets down and they needed that partnership between him and Rahul Tripathi – that steadied the ship. To take your team home 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,” Gavaskar said.
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