IPL 2020 – RR blitzkreig defeated Gayle’s 99 in vain

KXIP vs RR is the second elimination we have dealt with in consecutive days. After the thrilling match between CSK and KKR last night, we are preparing for another thrilling clash. The stakes are high as both KXIP and RR need to win the match to continue to compete for the knockout stage. If RR loses this match, they will be officially disqualified from the competition. They are not sure a place in the top 4 even if they win this match, but at least there is still hope. For KXIP, the calculation is simpler. If they win this match against RR and go on to win the next match against CSK, they will qualify for the knockout stage regardless of the results of the other matches.

Steve Smith won the pitch and chose to chase – a very fixed tournament pattern, as the teams were chasing when the fog started in the second half of the inning. KXIP also looks happy to hit first and aim with their explosive top order.

KXIP polish is a lot about Chris Gayle tonight. There’s a reason why Chris Gayle’s game hasn’t waned despite being 41 years old. There are certain attributes to a pitcher that will weaken with age. The most important thing about them is footwork and next is hand-eye coordination. For most hitters in their late 30s, they have trouble catching the ball’s length early on, and even when they do, their bodies don’t react quickly enough. We’ve seen this with Sachin, Dhoni as well as Ganguly in their first years in IPL, that they probably know from years of experience that this ball needs to be driven straight into the ground, but the reflexes of they are not fast enough to do it.

Gayle has never relied on footwork throughout her career. So the fact that his footsteps have slowed with age has no bearing on his game. Even in his prime, he didn’t have too many shots in his repertoire. He is always looking to pull any ball even just short or good length or destroy it with a straight horizontal hit to the ground if there is room. For filled balls, he tries to knock them out of the ground. So, despite his age, although his reflexes have slowed, he does not need to rummage through his head many times before he executes it. Against the Rotator, he never chose the spin variant from the spinner’s hand. He scanned the slogan or threw the gyro straight to the ground. Therefore, his impaired eyesight also did not make him face the spinners. The uncomplicated nature of Gayle’s batting is what has led to him maintaining top level cricket for so long.

Tonight, he demolished RR’s attack scoring 99 of 63 serves, only to be scrapped by a brilliant player in Jofra to miss his century. Except for Jofra, Gayle took everyone else to the laundromat tonight. Varun Aaron, Tyagi or Shreyas Gopal looked unlucky against the legendary West Indian. Smith did everything in his control to dislodge Gayle. He even brought Jofra up midfield to get Gayle’s cane. But when the Cosmic Boss takes shape, there’s only so much you can do except admire his game.

Rahul scored with 46 and Poran guest-starred with 22 to put the team at 185-4 – certainly above the norm. Stokes and Archer are the only two bright spots in the RR bowling lineup and Stokes’ four economic passes ensure that KXIP doesn’t go over 200.

Stokes managed to put RR on top once again for the second straight game. It’s great to see that Smith’s strategy of using Stokes as a disruptor of the opposition bowling attack is working in his favor. Tonight, he scored 50 out of 26 balls to give RR the momentum he needed in his first pass in pursuit of such a high goal. He threw Arshdeep and Shami out of their ranks with a brutal hit in the power game. It’s a high risk high return strategy that Smith decided to adopt with Stokes and it looks good when it pays off.

While Stokes provided initial momentum with the stick, the partnership between Uthappa and Samson will be the most positive for RR in this matchup. Both have had a few bad matches and the responsibility is always on Smith and Butler to get RR out of trouble.

The 51-time partnership between Uthappa and Samson ensured that Smith and Butler didn’t have to do too much except end the chase. Dew played an important role in today’s match as both Bishnoi and Murugan were ineffective with the wet ball. The fact that despite the unfavorable conditions, Bishnoi conceded only 27 goals in 4 rounds says a lot about the ability of this young man.

Samson returned to form after quite a few games and scored the crucial 48 goal to put RR on the door to victory. Smith and Butler made sure there was no suffocation in the end, as RR exploited some of Shami’s unruly bowling throws in the death section. With this victory over KXIP, suddenly the goal opened the scoring, as it is now 4order The team entering the knockout round will qualify for the qualifying round with a maximum of 14 points. SRH will be the happiest because they have the best NRR. But this year IPL has created strange situations. What will happen next?


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