In the nine matches played at Wankhede, it has been a mixed bag. There have been few high scoring encounters and few low scoring ones as well. Tonight’s game was on the lower side. Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders could post only 133 in their 20 overs. In reply, Rajasthan Royals were off to a good start, scoring 50 runs in the Powerplay. But, they slowed down in the middle phase and took it down to the 19th over to finish the match and register their second win of the season. This was the penultimate game of this season at Wankhede.
Finally, a wicket
After being wicket-less for one whole innings, Rajasthan finally had a breakthrough, that too off a run-out. Rajasthan had to wait 22.3 overs in total - 0.2 overs against Chennai Super Kings and 16.3 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous two innings. In their match against Kolkata, by virtue of Shubman Gill’s run-out in the 6th over (5.4 overs), they got their first wicket. For one of their bowlers to bag a wicket, they had to wait 27.1 overs. The 22.3 overs wait for a wicket for them is the second longest streak they have suffered in the IPL.
A zero ball duck for Captain Morgan
The season has worsened for the most successful international limited overs captain. Eoin Morgan has been under the pump with his performance with bat and tonight, even his luck seemed to have back-fired. He was run-out against Rajasthan, without facing a ball. He became the third captain in IPL to suffer a diamond duck (a zero ball duck). Shane Warne and Gautam Gambhir are the other two captains to suffer this fate. Shane Warne has suffered this twice in IPL. Among the top order (1-7) batsmen, Gambhir and Morgan are the only one’s, both while leading Kolkata.
Chris Morris proving his worth
In both the wins for Rajasthan this season, Chris Morris has made a huge impact. In the first win against Delhi Capitals, it was with the bat and against Kolkata with the ball. He removed both Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in the same over, which dented Kolkata’s charge at the end. In the end, Morris had figures of 4 for 23. This was his second four-wicket haul in IPL and both have come against Kolkata, while playing for Rajasthan. He now has two four-wicket hauls for Rajasthan in IPL. Morris joined Sohail Tanvir and James Faulkner, in the list of most four wicket hauls for Rajasthan. In addition, Morris became the second bowler in IPL to have two four-wicket hauls against Kolkata after Karn Sharma.
Eight consecutive defeats at Wankhede
In hindsight, Kolkata will be very happy that they won’t be playing any more matches at Wankhede. The venue has certainly been a Kryptonite for them in the IPL. They have played 11 matches including tonight and have lost ten. They have a win percentage of 9 percent at this venue, the joint worst for any T20 team that has played a minimum of 10 matches at a particular venue. More to their agony, this was the eighth consecutive loss for them at Wankhede. Delhi’s nine consecutive loss in their home ground – Arun Jaitley Stadium – is the most for a team at a venue in IPL.