Home > Features >

The consistency of KKR’s chase

Kolkata Knight Riders won their second IPL title © PTI
Kolkata Knight Riders won their second IPL title © PTI

The key to the successful chase by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 lay in their consistency. Humjee Break-Sheikh looks at the chasing mantra that worked.

When Wriddhiman Saha’s spectacular hundred had left Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with a target of 200 in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, they were definitely not the favourites for many. Few would have imagined KKR to have pulled off a chase this stiff.

How did KKR do this? Their mantra was to ensure that the required run rate never went above the 12-mark. Indeed, the over after which the required rate for KKR was the highest was the 12-over mark, when they needed 90 from eight overs — an achievable target under in IPL.

Let us have a look.

Graph

As is evident, KKR’s run rate never went significantly below the asking rate of 10 — which ensured that the asking rate did not climb too high. As long as they maintained that run rate (they required 39 off the last four) they needed a single big over to seal the match. Though Karanveer Singh removed Ryan ten Doeschate and Manish Pandey in the 17th over, KKR also smashed 18 runs, which meant that the asking rate took a nosedive.

Compare this to the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) performance, which was cautious to begin with, and explosive towards the end. In fact, their first 11 overs had fetched a mere 67 (in complete contrast to the last nine, which accounted for a whopping 132). KKR, on the other hand, had reached 87 after nine overs, and despite the Saha’s onslaught, were never behind KXIP at any stage during their chase.

The following graph will demonstrate this.

Graph2

(Humjee Break-Sheikh eats, drinks, breathes and lives cricket. Unfortunately, he does not believe in social media.)

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Shaun Udal on India vs England 3rd Test

Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ wristband suspension: Cricket and political sentiments don’t mix

Indian cricketers in County Championship: Career Statistics

Denesh Ramdin: Didn’t expect Sunil Narine to bowl Super Over maiden

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara — India’s most dependable partnership in recent times

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 3 at Southampton: MS Dhoni completes 31st half-century; India reach 323/8 at stumps

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India tour of England 2014: Moeen Ali is developing as a spinner with every game, says Stuart Broad

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Draw the most likely result, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Stuart Broad: To go into the company of Wasim, Waqar and Walsh, Ambrose is a huge honour

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: No fracture for Ian Bell after being hit on thumb

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Disappointed in the manner I got out, admits Ajinkya Rahane

Moeen Ali – the part-timer keeps pegging India back with crucial wickets

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: India’s sloppy batting and other highlights of play on Day 3

India’s poor shot selection gives England advantage on Day 3 of 3rd Test at Southampton

‘Yuvraj, Ganguly, Zaheer and Indian team to come together in support of my charitable cause’

Moeen Ali’s ‘Save Gaza’ wristband suspension: Cricket and political sentiments don’t mix

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

FDI in telecom jumps manifold to $1.5 billion in April-May

What does Sharmila Tagore like about would be son-in-law Kunal Khemu?

Revealed: Salman Khan’s guest list for Eid party includes Karan Johar, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan!

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display given a speed boost, prices slashed across the range

India tour of England 2014: Moeen Ali is developing as a spinner with every game, says Stuart Broad

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

India vs England, 3rd Test at Southampton: Draw the most likely result, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here