Tripathi is the hero of the match using the opportunity.
Before the start of the season, the Kolkata Knight Riders were optimistic about the new opening pair of Sunil Narine and Shubhaman Gill. However, in the first four matches of the IPL, Narin was completely unsuccessful with the bat. Rahul Tripathi, on the other hand, despite being an expert opener, batted in the lower order and got a run at the first opportunity. As a result, the Knight Riders did not send Narine to open their fifth match against the Chennai Super Kings. Instead, Tripathi started the KKR innings with Gill.
Narine has never had such a spectacular performance with the ball in hand. So the possibility of him being dropped from the Chennai match was created. Nevertheless, the KKR team management has confidence in the Caribbean all-rounder.
Narine scored 17 off 9 balls in the Chennai match, which is better than the rest of the team. However, Tripathi used the opportunity appropriately. Returning to the opening of choice, he played a brilliant innings of 81 runs. Narine took 1 wicket for 31 runs in 4 overs.
Narine gets the big wicket of Shane Watson, who departs straight after scoring his half-century.
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At the awards ceremony at the end of the match, Knight captain Dinesh Karthik told Narin that he had been sent to bat in the middle order to ease the pressure on the Caribbean star.
In Kartik’s words, ‘there are some key cricketers in the team. Sunil Narine is one of them. All we can do is stay by his side. I am really proud of him as a cricketer. We felt the pressure on Narine should be reduced. So Rahul was sent to the open.