IN THE second match of IPL 2021’s UAE leg, last evening, KKR registered an easy 9-wicket win in a lopsided match in Dubai against RCB.
RCB won the toss and opted to bat, but their batsman faltered, including captain Virat Kohli, who was playing his 200th IPL match. Some inspirational performance by the KKR bowlers saw RCB bundle for 92 in 19 overs.
The third day into the IPL, giving a gist of the match preview and report, contributing editor sports, Indranil Basu shared his opinion with India Ahead’s Riddhima Kedia.
Indranil predicted that it would be RCB’s day, but turned out, KKR took the stride. “I was surprised, we can go wrong. The way that KKR played in the initial part of the tournament, they were not up to the mark, they were really struggling.”
He added, “Yesterday, it looked like a fairy tale to me because I never expected KKR to do so well but, you can afford to go wrong because we all make errors by going by what we saw in the first leg of the tournament.”
After Virat’s decision to quit the RCB’s captaincy in IPL 2022, it all came on the team, Indranil said.
He also mentioned that when the head of the team challenges their own players, it’s a tough call for the team.
Indranil further explained the difficulties of playing on double-paced wickets in Dubai and the UAE.
KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings is set to square off against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals in the match this evening. “It’s going to be a very tough competition this time. It’s very tough to predict anything. Both are good teams, my eyes are all on Sanju Samson. He plays all over the wicket. Then there is KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Gayle,” he added.