IPL 2017, KKR vs MI: 5 things that went wrong for Kolkata Knight Riders
#4 – Not persisting with Kuldeep Yadav in the middle-overs
Mumbai’s innings was built on the 61-run partnership between Tiwary and Rayudu. While the former continued to rotate the strike, the latter targeted and found the boundaries on a regular basis. The duo kept the Knight Riders at bay by putting on a sensible display of batting on a tricky surface.
In this regard, Gambhir’s captaincy was a bit baffling. At a time when he needed to attack to try and procure wickets, the 35-year old allowed the batsmen to get themselves attuned to the middle-overs by opting for a combination of pace and spin. The decision to take Kuldeep out of the attack did not make much sense as the wrist-spinner had the ability to bowl in tandem with Narine.