KKR has been on a roll lately with 4 consecutive wins and will eye for a 5th one by hook or by crook that will send them off to the finals where they will compete or the title against the kings of IPL- Chennai Super Kings. KKR have nothing to lose and thus will leave no stone unturned to decimate SRH and knock them out of the competition once and for all.
The Kolkata based seemed to have struck gold with their decision of appointing Dinesh Karthik as the skipper. There were a lot of questions raised in the initial stages of the tournament regarding his captaincy and style of play but all those hardly matter now.
KKR has been a perfect blend of aggression, passion, and dedication and with the kind of cricket they’ve played this season, it won’t be surprising if they turn out to be the champions of IPL 2018.
let’s look at the 3 reasons that suggest KKR might actually win this tournament this season
Spin Wizardry by the trio
The spin department led by the trio Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla has been by far highly consistent in choking down the best batting units in this edition of IPL. They have been successful in luring the batsmen to go for slog shots in the process picking up the crucial wickets. The trio has time and again left no stone unturned in puzzling the batsmen and draining up the run rate when needed.
In the Eliminator match against Rajasthan Royals, the trio was just impeccable in the way they bowled and how magnificent they were in creeping up the pressure on the RR unit. By the time RR realized what was actually going in, it was way too late and they had lost the match, courtesy of the spinners.
The experience of T20 bowling that Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla bring in has surely helped young Kuldeep Yadav in understanding the chores of bowling in the fast-paced format. The trio has a total of 44 wickets under their belt and will look to exceed the 50 wicket mark in the match to come.
The winning spree
With 4 consecutive wins, 2 against RR, 1 against SRH and KXIP each, they seem to have struck the winning combination needed to break entry to the finals. With momentum by their side, KKR will certainly be full of confidence and would ensure a victory against SRH to ensure the 5th consecutive victory that will put them in a comfortable mental position before the big night of the finals.
A solid middle order
The Kolkata franchise seems to enjoy the strongest middle order unit amongst all the 3 teams remaining in the tournament. Their last victory over Rajasthan Royals gave a glimpse of their middle order strength. Dinesh Karthik being the in-form batsman, has been the backbone of the team with his match-winning contribution across the season. Andre Rusell, the West Indian destructive batsman has been truly magnificent with the carnage he has deployed on some of the best bowling units of IPL.
With youngsters like Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana giving strength to the lower middle order, Dinesh Karthik can finally take a sigh of relief and focus only on his match-finishing abilities.