Knights drop the ball, the points: the kings take advantage of KKR’s field errors to stay in the race for the playoffs

Four catches, including three that weren’t taken and one that wasn’t judged properly, significantly tipped the game over to Kings XI Punjab, who held on to ultimately win a close game.

The four “takes” that tell the story

It might be better to start at the last chance and retrace the path of the game. It happened on the third ball of the final, just after the wicket of KL Rahul. Venkatesh Iyer had the heavy task of defending five points, but it had to be him as match situations at various points had forced Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan to take out his two main spinners and the other crimps. Needing four to win, Shahrukh Khan pushed him into the deep midwicket where Rahul Tripathi, who had already played in a potentially decisive moment, was running full to his left dangerously close to the rope. He stretched his palms out as the ball fell from the sky but went in and out – and jumped over the ropes for a six that sealed the game.

The third chance had passed earlier, with Punjab needing 11 out of 10. Rahul had hit Shivam Mavi towards – or other than towards Tripathi halfway deep. He charged at full steam, dived deep, and walked through the gray area of ​​the close-up zoom television. The referees on the pitch had to climb the stairs and for a while until the zoomer was called out, it looked like the verdict would go in Tripathi’s direction. Once it had been amplified, Punjab’s hopes would have increased because doubt had crept in as to whether he had his fingers stretched out under the ball or whether he had touched the ground while he was doing it. was picking up. The third referee called for a frame to be frozen and concluded that he had touched himself. Frozen camera, frozen hopes of Kolkata and the game has broken out for Punjab.

Now this second chance where 24 races were necessary from 18 balls. Rahul tried to pass Tim Southee, but he appeared weakly between wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik and short-leg outfielder Varun Chakravarthy. Karthik fired back, Chakravarthy rushed forward and it was much closer to Karthik who suddenly stopped and pulled out of the hold. Maybe he thought he could carry to Chakravarthy but he wasn’t close enough and was just above getting away from the collision path. The ball fell to the ground between the two and Karthik also sagged on the grass with an anguished look on his face. He must have feared the game was over and it was.

The first of four chances near the end of the game had occurred a few balls earlier, the equation reading 30 out of 20 balls. Khan pulled Mavi up on a deep square leg where Iyer arched back with a bound and caught the ball with his right hand but had to release it just as he was about to cross the rope. He was trying to get inside to catch up with him, but his left ankle twisted and his body collapsed on the rope trying to balance itself. These six brought the total to 24 against 18 and the game inexorably turned to Punjab.

Iyer’s beefy blow

A video went viral last week of Iyer picking out Virat Kohli’s brain. The advice was to put the front foot forward and react from there. β€œIt’s easier to go back or move forward from that position,” Kohli suggested.

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So how has Iyer performed his task since then? His first move was to move back inside the fold! Not that he dodged that advice as he pulls back, then lifts a little forward – his feet still in the folds. He then performs his offensive movement.

Unlike many powerful hitters, Iyer retains the ability to suddenly get cute with late cuts and tricky flicks.

One shot broke its 10 limits. He had just run over a slower Nathan Ellis to the long limit in the sixth and when another slower came up beside the ball, back a length, he just stopped, a collapsed his wrists and pushed him away. midwicket. The timing was breathtaking, as was the choice of shots.