KKR follow MI, DC template to surge ahead in playoff race - Cricbuzz
During Sunrisers Hyderabad's run chase on Sunday (October 18), KKR head coach Brendon McCullum was asked about Lockie Ferguson's inclusion in the XI by the commentators. Ferguson, in his first game of the season, had just picked two wickets in his first two overs to put his side in command in the defence of 163. Mccullum in response made a very interesting observation. He pointed out how Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, the table toppers this season, have shown the rest of the league the blueprint for success.
When the decision to move the IPL to UAE was announced, the general consensus was that the teams with a strong spin attack will be having a distinct advantage over the rest. Considering the fact that 60 games were scheduled to be held across just three venues, it made sense to assume that the slow bowlers will be ruling the roost. But 35 games into the season, those pre-tournament predictions have been binned. Six out of the top seven wicket-takers this year have been pacers and all six of them consistently bowl above 140 which indicates that pace has indeed been a menace.
MI paired Jasprit Bumrah with Trent Boult this season and DC added Anrich Nortje to their attack that already had Kagiso Rabada. The result? Amongst all teams, these two pace attacks have the best record this year and that has seen them cement their position at the top of the table. RCB, who are just behind those two, have also been bolstered ...
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