A clinical display from the Knight Riders and the margin of win means that they are breathing down the necks of DC and RCB. 191 was a competitive total but with heavy dew around, RR definitely would have fancied another high chase. Not to be, as Cummins literally killed the game in his initial new-ball spell, taking out three big scalps to derail the run chase. RR eventually lost half their side in the powerplay itself and you don’t win many games from those positions anyways, let alone while chasing a target of 190-plus. Buttler and Tewatia tried playing their shots but it was always going to be beyond them. Smith’s boys would rue that awry approach in the powerplay of the chase where they just went too hard. But take nothing away from KKR, they were too good in this clash, and skipper Morgan’s fiery knock earlier on spurred the others to push themselves up for what turned out to be a one-sided win. RR now finish last due to this heavy loss, and CSK will end at 7th.
Steve Smith: We thought 180 was par. But losing four in the first four didn’t help. He (Cummins) bowled nice lengths and made us play big shots. Unfortunately we are at the wrong end of the result. We started well with two wins, we won two before this one but we were inconsistent in the middle we didn’t take enough responsibility. Couple of positives for us, Jofra has played exceptionally well for us. Tewatia pulled a few out of the hat for us, bowled exceptionally well through the tournament as well. You need to win those you should win. The BCCI and everyone involved to get this tournament up and running have done a fantastic. Hope we were able to put few smile on people’s faces, especially in India where it’s been tough.
Eoin Morgan: I thought it was around a par score. Every batsman who came back in and said that it was a beautiful wicket with the dew in. We lost wickets between 10th and 15th overs, and to finish like we did was really good. We were out there to be play a free-flowing style of cricket. That was the only way we were going to win. Especially with the dew factor expected anyway, irrespective of when it came. Bringing out Dre Russ in meant that it took the conditions out of the equation. We backed the guys to take a bit of risk even if it wasn’t there. That was one thing we talked about, leading into this game. We felt that a hard length or a good length was the best spot to bowl. We tried to execute that in the first six overs and I thought Mavi was outstanding. Obviously Pat set the tone early on. Winning the game was about taking wickets, especially early. RR are a side that are top-heavy and you need to get them early. Having that aggressive mindset was important for us. Yes, I was aware of the numbers (about net run rate) but you need to first get yourself into a winning position. I don’t think we could have done anything more today. So whatever happens from here is upto the Gods.
Pat Cummins is the man of the match.