There are matches you win through some excellent performances, and there are matches you allow the opponents to win through some equally poor efforts. Kolkata’s Knight Riders’ loss on Tuesday definitely falls in the latter category. They had no business going down to Chennai Super Kings, especially after restricting them to a below par total, and then themselves getting off to a rollicking start with the bat. Kolkata had everything going for them, and thus have only themselves to blame for snatching defeat against Chennai. At the same time, a lot of credit must go to Chennai for hanging on, and throttling Kolkata in the end.
Kolkata’s middle order must take the blame for defeat against Chennai at Chepauk. Although they lost Gautam Gambhir in the very first over, Robin Uthappa more than made up for it with a sizzling return to form. His blazing cameo had put the side in a commanding position, and all the middle order had to do was play sensible cricket. But, they somehow could not get their act together. It was a rather inexplicable batting effort, especially considering that there was no pressure of the mounting run-rate on them.