Familiar ground for Eion Morgan to get Kolkata Knights Riders back on track in Motera stadium.
For the maestro that Eoin Morgan is with his strategy of relentless attack, the team hasn’t lived up to the potential as a batting unit, neither as a bowling unit. The fact that Morgan himself has let him down with the bat is also a huge problem. But with the tournament now moving to more familiar territory for the English captain at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, where he and his spent a lot of time playing the 5 matches T20I series and losing it narrowly 2-3.
For Punjab Kings, though it would again be a fresh place to begin freshly and most importantly carry forward from their victory against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Punjab in captain KL Rahul has an in-form opener and also with Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle showcasing the grit that they have, it can only get better for the men in flashy reds.
Morgan could utilise the experience of Motera
Eoin Morgan with his experience of leading the English side at Motera could bring out plans and matchups that could help the Knight Riders bounce back. The problem at the moment for the team is its captain not clicking nor are its openers. Shubman Gill, in his attempt to accelerate, has rather derailed his form and that of the team as well. Russell, who looked tidy in the previous two games, failed to carry the form in the last game and similar was the problem with Dinesh Karthik.
These are the guys who form the backbone of the men in purple and if they are not in form, it is hard for the team to do well. With the balance that the Knights have got, they can’t afford to bring in Lockie Ferguson and let either Russell or Narine remain out of the side, thus it becomes all the more important that Russell as a bowler is utilised more than his ability to bowl wide yorkers at the death. The likes of Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi need to be utilised to their best as well.
The resources are going to remain the same, it is the way they are being utilised that would matter for Knight Riders. With David Hussey predicting that Shubman Gill is going to be one of the highest run-getters this season, maybe this is going to be the game for his and KKR’ turn around.
Punjab needs to go horses for courses
The Punjab team seemed to have gelled well as a bowling unit in their last two games. As a batting unit, they have mostly been fine. The Motera wicket is known to produce high scoring games and thus the likes of Gayle and Rahul could utilise their form over there.
The fact that Joe Root and Jofra Archer, even Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur were able to cause some problems with their pace in the T20I series between India and England, fast bowlers might be given preference by the Punjab unit. The team could bring in either Riley Meredith or Jhye Richardson in place of Fabian Allen as in any case they would have the spin options of Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Hooda, in case the pitch decides to turn.
Apr 26, 2021