IPL 2020: 3 Mistakes committed by the losing side in SRH vs KXIP

IPL 2020: 3 Mistakes committed by the losing side in SRH vs KXIP

KXIP lost their fifth game of the season as they committed similar mistakes yet again.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The SRH vs KXIP contest was closer than the scorecard suggests. SRH defeated KXIP by 69 runs to climb to the third spot in the points table. KXIP had a very tough day on the field as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow set the tone from the beginning to establish a massive total on the board.

KXIP made a comeback by creating a collapse, but some death overs hitting took SRH to 201. While chasing the massive total, Punjab started badly, however, Nicholas Pooran’s heroics kept their hopes alive. He played a scintillating knock of 77 off 37, but no support from the other end led to a massive defeat for Kings XI. With this loss, KXIP has lost five out of their six games and their trouble is increasing with every game.

Here are the three mistakes committed by KXIP against SRH:-

1. No all-rounders

KXIP are trying to find a perfect balance from a long time and they made three changes for this match as well. To strengthen their fragile bowling attack, they played an extra bowler. But this made their batting line-up more dependent on the top order as the tail-enders start at number seven. With such thin batting order, they couldn’t have afforded a batting collapse and the same happened.

2. KL Rahul’s lack of confidence in his young bowlers

KXIP backed their young bowlers for this game as Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, two very young talents were playing the SRH vs KXIP clash. However, with Warner and Bairstow scoring runs at a brisk rate in the initial overs, KL Rahul didn’t trust his young bowlers. Bishnoi and Arshdeep were brought into the attack in 8th and 10th overs respectively and they picked five wickets in total. If they would have been trusted a bit earlier, things could have turned out differently.

3. No intent from KL Rahul

KL Rahul started the chase quite slower than expected. Though Punjab lost two early wickets, a positive intent could have changed the momentum of the match. The skipper scored 11 runs off 16 balls and if he would have started at a better scoring rate, there could have been less pressure on Nicholas Pooran at the end and the match could have ended with a different result.