Natarajan is a left arm swift who first caught the attention of IPL scouts when he threw six back-to-back Yorkers a Super Over against Abhinav Mukund and Washington Sundar Kings XI Punjab signed him for INR 3 crore at the 2017 IPL auction, and he has played six games for them this season It was expensive, however, returning an economic rate of 907 across six games
This performance lowered his price at the 2018 auction, where the Sunrisers nabbed him for INR 40 lakh It is understood that Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sunrisers bowling coach who also worked in the TNPL, played an influential role in Sunrisers’ offer for Natarajan
He hasn’t been in a single game in his first two seasons with the franchise, but has since added an extra meter of pace, which he showed as he helped Tamil Nadu reach the tournament final. Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 He was Tamil Nadu’s designated bowler of death for the entire national white ball season, and those performances may have helped him get into the Sunrisers’ first XI.
On Tuesday night he showed exactly why he was there: tossing Yorker after Yorker and continuing to nail them in his third and fourth overs – the 14th and 18th of the Capitals’ innings – he played ten balls that could be described like one-off yorkers – with a hint of form in the left-hander as well – or balls too full to go under easily, or full low pitches hitting the end of the bat.The last of them got him the wicket from Marcus Stoinis, lbw playing across the line
The long limits and two-beaten pitch have definitely increased Natarajan’s margin for error – it’ll be interesting to see how he holds up when the Sunrisers play Sharjah – but that says a lot about his skills that he could. hitting the blockhole with such precision against some of the game’s biggest hitters, that too with a little dew
For a number of seasons now, the same weakness has persisted among the Sunrisers: a top hitting team with a lack of experience and power in the middle order. This weakness had largely contributed to their loss in their first two games of the season, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Bringing in Williamson in was the obvious way to bolster the middle order, but in doing so, the Sunrisers took a big bet because they were leaving out the versatile offspin bowler Nabi, who is one of the best bowlers in the world against the left hand beaters This against a team with four lefties – Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel – in their top seven
The move worked wonderfully that day, with Williamson adding not only strength to the Sunrisers’ hitting effort, but also urgency and inventiveness while also scoring a 41 of 26 ball. The Sunrisers also rose to the challenge of having just five bowlers, with Sharma managing well to finish with a save rate of 850 despite bowling most of her overs to two left-batsmen It remains to be seen whether this combination will work. in other matches, under conditions more favorable to hitters and against other teams
Axar was one of the heroes of the Delhi Capitals’ victory over the Chennai Super Kings in their previous game, winning 1 for 18 in his four overs, of which he played two on the power play. Against the Sunrisers, however, Axar didn’t play at all in the first ten overs, and only two overs thereafter. Why?
In a nutshell, fixtures The Capitals used Axar with the new ball against the Super Kings due to his excellent head-to-head record against Shane Watson, whom he ended up sending for the sixth time in nine games.
Tonight, the Capitals were reluctant to use Axar when David Warner was on the fold It was their face-to-face in T20: 51 balls in eight innings, 84 points, two dismissals Warner was on the fold until the 10th of Sunrisers innings, and the Capitals took Axar to 11th, as soon as the opener was safe
When the Sunrisers lost Jonny Bairstow with 13 balls remaining, they sent in debutant Abdul Samad Did they miss a round by not promoting Rashid Khan, who showed up – in limited batting opportunities he has in the world – as a natural ball striker?
There is certainly an argument that the Sunrisers can have a little more confidence in Rashid’s ability – he has a first ten hit rate of 143 in the past three years.
But Samad comes to the IPL with a reputation for hitting too He hit 36 six in last year’s Ranji Trophy, more than anyone in the competition It’s a top class tournament, yes, but this number always tells a story, and from the fourth ball he faced tonight, Samad proved he can do it against the fastest bowlers in the industry too, going deep in his crease to go under a bullet full of Anrich Nortje and smoke it over the long limit
The Capitals went within a shootout run thanks to their power play, despite losing a wicket, and by the time they hit halfway through their pursuit, their required rate was almost 11 Were they too conservative at first?
Yes and no Like most teams, they had to support each other to chase two races by ball if they had wickets in hand, so there was a bit of caution at the start. But it was a two-beat pitch, there was also a seam movement at the start, and the Sunrisers played well and used the long limits to their advantage, so – just like Bairstow during the Sunrisers’ innings – the score slow was not entirely intentional Where Shikhar Dhawan played the role of Bairstow to some extent, the Capitals didn’t have a Warner or Williamson on the day to bring them closer to the target with wickets in hand.
Without Nabi, the Sunrisers had a exhausted bowling attack, and Abhishek Sharma – who had played two games apiece in his first two games of the season – had to take on a much heavier workload The left-arm spinner did commendably to concede just 19 in his first three overs despite bowling mostly to two lefties He did this by going past the crease, landing a length just below sweepable, and forcing the batsmen to hit him in the side of the leg where most of the limiters were – the long limits got him. given the cushion to play such a plan
But was a fourth trotting asking for too much, especially against hitters of the caliber of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer? Warner played, and the move nearly happened, the first four balls bringing in three singles and a catch and bowled, Pant hitting him too hard for it to be nothing more than half a chance. The last two balls, however, were gone for six years, leaving the Capitals still in the game with 85 to get 42 balls.
While Sharma trotted four, Warner took Rashid out of the attack after his third, waiting for the 17th to bring him back
From the start of the 14th – when Rashid came out of the attack – until the end of the 16th, the Capitals scored 36 of 18 balls, staying in touch with their required rate Another from Rashid then, you could say , could have excluded them from the game
Warner, however, might have wanted to make sure there was one left of his spinner in order to break a series of overs from his rapids. He may also have bet on getting at least one of the Pant or Hetmyer before bringing Rashid back against Stoinis, who isn’t the most confident starter against effects.
Ultimately it worked, with Hetmyer coming out of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 16th and Rashid returning for the 17th with Stoinis on strike
At first the Capitals needed 49 out of 24 In a similar situation in the CPL recently, while playing for the Trinbago Knight Riders against the Barbados Tridents, Kieron Pollard had played the Rashid final, leaving himself 66 to remove the last 24 balls and win it one way or another
Three singles came out of Rashid’s first three balls tonight, before Pant took the legspinner and chose a deep square leg with the wrong sweep Should he have held back?
It was a tough choice for Pant, given the situation, and given how well the Sunrisers’ fast bowlers also bowled and he certainly had reason to support himself against Rashid Before today, Pant had a T20 career strike rate of 15,573 against legspin and an average of 6566 against Rashid in particular, he had scored 56 points out of 37 balls while only being fired once
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