Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders in yet another high-scoring clash in Sharjah on Saturday night. The match saw a total of 28 sixes being hit in the game, with bowlers from both teams going the journey.
In the end, DC’s Marcus Stoinis kept his cool to help his side earn an important win which takes them at the top of the points table.
Here are the 5 talking points from the Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders game, which turned out to be quite a contest a the end:
1) Another High-Scoring Encounter in Sharjah
A total of 439 runs were scored in Sharjah. This was the third straight match at this venue where a total of over 200 was set and nearly chased down. Another important thing to remember here is that only three games out of the 16 played so far have been won by the team chasing second.
Chasing a target is quite some task despite the pitches being flat and batting-friendly like the one in Sharjah.
2) Sixes Galore in Sharjah
Before the Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders encounter. Sharjah had witnessed 62 sixes from the two games it hosted. There were another 28 hits in the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals encounter. The tally now moves onto 90 now after just three games.
There are still nine games left to be played here in the league stage.
3) The Sunil Narine Conundrum for KKR
Sunil Narine has had scores of 9, 0, 15 and 3 in the IPL so far. With the ball as well, he has picked just two wickets in the four games he has played so far. Kolkata has failed to get the kind of starts he has been expected to give the side. With a requirement to strengthen the top-order in the upcoming games, it will be interesting to see if KKR continues to give Narine opportunities at the top of the order despite his back to back failures.
Kolkata Knight Riders have an option in Tom Banton to replace him in the upcoming matches. This was one of the most important talking point for the KKR management heading into their next game against CSK.
4) Andre Russell’s Problems Against Short Ball
This was the second instance in IPL 2020 when Andre Russell was dismissed off the short ball. Jasprit Bumrah accounted for his wicket in KKR’s campaign opener against Mumbai Indians. It was Kagiso Rabada in this match, exposing his weakness against the short ball.
Going forward, the West-Indian will have to find a way to counter this particular delivery as his contribution with the bat is key for Kolkata Knight Riders in the middle-order.
5) Constant Shift in Points Table
The IPL 2020 points table has seen a constant shift in the points table after every game. It was RCB who topped the points table after they won against RC on Saturday. Delhi then regained the spot after their win over KKR.
Before yesterday, it was Mumbai Indians, who were topping the table courtesy their big win over KXIP on Thursday.