After a string of poor performances in the opening two weeks of IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals finally bounced back to taste victory. Royals delivered a clinical performance to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
The victory has helped the Royals to move up to sixth in the points table, while Kolkata Knight Riders hit rock bottom of the table. KKR’s season continues to unravel as they managed to score only 133 runs on a flat wicket in Mumbai. Apart from the inconsistency of KKR in IPL 2021, here are other takeaways from Saturday’s game between Rajasthan and KKR.
Shubman Gill could soon drop to the bench
Shubman Gill continues to endure a disappointing IPL 2021 as he was once again dismissed cheaply on Saturday. After enjoying the successful tour of Australia, Gill has got himself into a poor run of form. He had a difficult home series against England. The youngster’s struggles have continued in IPL for KKR.
He is struggling for timing and a poor start to the innings is setting KKR back. Gill is also finding new ways to get out as poor running between wickets was the cause of his dismissal on Saturday. It will not be a surprise if the Indian batsman is brought off the firing line and kept on the bench in the next few games.
Chris Morris shows his worth in death overs
Chris Morris played a big role with the bat in the Royals’ first win of the season. The South African all-rounder was at his best with the ball during the second victory. Morris has gone for plenty of runs in the majority of games this season. However, he bounced back brilliantly against KKR on Saturday.
Morris bowled a short and economical spell upfront to keep up the pressure on KKR. He came back to bowl in the death overs and inflicted damage on the opposition. Morris took crucial wickets of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in the 18th over. He eventually ended up with four wickets at the expense of 23 runs. These were the type of performances Morris was delivering with the ball for RCB last season. If Morris continues to be lethal in death overs, then RR could mount a stirring comeback in the rest of the league campaign.
Kolkata Knight Riders need to stop experimenting with batting order
Along with the poor form of few KKR batsmen, the team management keeps juggling the batting order in every game. The top three have been constant, but below them, it has been mismanagement of resources.
Dinesh Karthik is a terrific finisher, so sending him above an in-form Andre Russell in batting-friendly conditions doesn’t make sense. KKR could have got some sort of momentum against the Royals if Russell had come earlier in the innings on Saturday. The two-time IPL winners need to find a much stable batting combination and stick to it consistently to have a chance of going far in IPL 2021.