In five matches, Pathan has managed to score only 61 runs at a measly average of 20.33. The Baroda all-rounder has not even rolled his arm over yet.
MiD DAY takes a look at Pathan’s performance this year:
1) vs Delhi Daredevils: 18 not out
THE opening match of the season against Delhi Daredevils was a lop-sided affair in which Pathan didn’t have to do much. To his credit, he remained unbeaten on 18 off 16 balls as KKR chased Delhi’s 128 with 8 balls to spare.
2) vs Rajasthan Royals: 0
THE next game against Rahul Dravid’s men was a disaster not only for KKR but for Pathan too. Chasing a tricky total of 144, KKR were in a spot of bother at 43 for four when the big man walked in. Much was expected of him, but he perished for a duck and KKR could never rebuild after that. Kevon Cooper bowled a short-of-a-length delivery and Pathan, stuck in the crease, feathered it through to the wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik
3) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: 27
HAVING been promoted up the order, Pathan showed a glimpse of his capabilities against RCB. He scored 27 off 17 balls, including three thunderous fours and a six, but could not make a significant impact as he was deceived by a slower one from Moises Henriques and held out at
4) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: 3 not out
KKR’S top order did all the damage and as a result, Pathan only faced three deliveries and finished unbeaten on three.
5) vs Kings XI Punjab: 16
Pathan's batting services were required most here as KKR were chasing 157. He stepped in with the score reading 116-4.
However, once again he was peppered with some short-pitched bowling and looked uncomfortable. With the asking rate heading north, the pressure got to Pathan and he lofted a Praveen Kumar-full toss to mid-wicket and perished for 16 off 13 balls. KKR eventually fell short by just four runs.
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