IPL 2021 – KKR preview

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Stability in batting order will be key if Eoin Morgan’s side is to better its fifth-place finish from last season

Where they finished in 2020

Fifth, due to a poor net run rate. They had 14 points, the same as the teams that finished third and fourth.

Potential XI

1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Shivam Mavi, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Prasidh Krishna

Batting

Slog-overs batting remains their biggest strength with Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to finish the innings. Since IPL 2018, their death-overs run rate of 11.16 is the second-best in the tournament, with the Mumbai Indians leading with 11.49. This attribute can be beneficial when their top order has no batsman who stands out as explosive. Shubman Gill will play the anchor role, while fellow opener Nitish Rana – who moved to that position towards the back end of IPL 2020 – will have the onus of giving them a steady, quick start in the powerplay. Shakib Al Hasan’s skills help them segue into the big-hitters.

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