Easy win in the end. If only Narine and Shakib, two of our star performers from last year, weren't banned or on national duty. Two more wins from the next 4 matches should secure a place in the playoffs.
Batting hasn't really clicked as a unit though this IPL. And they need to cut out the runouts.
When it gets to the second half of the IPL and the Eden pitch starts to dry out, KKR are the biggest force of the IPL when playing at home. If they can get Hogg, Narine, Shakib and Chawla as the bowling unit, we will be incredibly tough to beat. Andre Russell can shown he can bowl 4 overs consistently. And we have enough decent Indian batsmen in Uthappa, Gambhir, Pandey, Surya and Yusuf to put runs on the board consistently. And with that bowling lineup, we could pretty much defend anything.
KKR won the game and have theoretically qualified for the playoffs. With 2 more matches in their hand they may end up in 1st or 2nd position finally which will give them 2 chances in the playoff to qualify for the finals.
Believe me or not, I was confident as long as Piyush Chawla was at the crease. The guy is turning out to be a useful all rounder. And he likes KXIP (just like Gayle likes KKR, just with a lot more intensity )