IPL 2020: 3 mistakes committed by the losing side in KXIP vs CSK

IPL 2020: 3 mistakes committed by the losing side in KXIP vs CSK

KXIP continued to commit mistakes to lost their fourth game of the season.

Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Kings XI Punjab ended up on the losing side for the third consecutive time in IPL 2020. This time, the team on the bottom of the table, CSK defeated them by 10 wickets in an extremely convincing manner. KXIP’s skipper, KL Rahul earned the orange cap with a brilliant fifty to set a perfect tone for a decent total.

However, KXIP fell short of a big score as they were not able to fire in the death overs. While chasing 179 for CSK, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis batted brilliantly to vanish all the chances for KXIP. With this defeat in KXIP vs CSK match, Punjab now stands at the bottom of the points table and they need to sit down and find out all the flaws in their combination to gear up for their next encounter.

Here are the three mistakes that KXIP committed in match 18, KXIP vs CSK:-

1. Didn’t capitalize on a great start with the bat

KL Rahul stitched two brilliant partnerships at the top with Mayank Agarwal and Mandeep Singh. With such a convincing start, KXIP looked all set for a big score. At the end of 15 overs, they were at 130 for 2 and a total of more than 190 was on the cards but KXIP failed to score big runs in last five overs of their innings.

They lost two important wickets and an under-confident pair of Glenn Maxwell and Sarfaraz Khan failed to hit CSK bowlers for big shots. If KXIP would have played better in the death and would have scored a near 200 score, there would have been more pressure on CSK and KXIP might have defended the total.

2. Shoulders dropped very early

KXIP vs CSK was a clash between two sides on the bottom of the table. KXIP was coming in after two consecutive losses and after an early assault from CSK, Punjab never looked confident. Notably, it was the first time in the tournament that KXIP didn’t pick up a wicket in the first six overs. Hence, their shoulders dropped, there was a very little intent after the first six overs and this let Watson and du Plessis form a formidable partnership.

3. Not playing 5 genuine bowlers

KXIP’s batting has looked extremely confident in this tournament with a brilliant form of their top order. After losing their last game because of their bowling, it was expected that KXIP will bring in an extra bowler to play five genuine bowlers. However, they continued with the same plan of playing four bowlers with a batting all-rounder and this has cost them another match. Their all-rounder, Harpreet Brar went for 41 runs in his quota of four overs.