Ahmedabad, April 27
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan is hoping that their clinical victory against Punjab Kings would provide them the much-needed momentum in the IPL. They are a strong unit on paper but KKR lost four matches on the trot after securing a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The bowlers helped them break the losing streak by restricting Punjab to 123/9 and the side eventually claimed a five-wicket win last night.
“Now with this win, hopefully, it’s the start of something,” Morgan, named the Man of the Match for his first substantial innings of the tournament, said. “Up until now, the team has gone through really tough times. We have had a really slow start to the tournament, and we haven’t had that little bit of luck that you need.”
Morgan was lavish in his praise for the bowling unit as Prasidh Krishna (3/30), Pat Cummins (2/31) and Sunil Narine (2/22) choked Punjab after the young Shivam Mavi (1/13) impressed most with the new ball, bowling 15 dot balls.
“The performance tonight epitomised how the group wants to play. With the ball, especially, we displayed how we want to go about our business. That is a really encouraging thing,” Morgan
Their top-order batting, however, remains a worry as they were 17/3 inside three overs before Morgan and Rahul Tripathi scripted the revival.
Talented opener Shubman Gill (nine) continued his woeful run and was trapped by Mohammed Shami.
Morgan stressed on the need to build on the performance. “We can’t change anything that has already happened. Building on tonight’s performance will be important for us,” he said. “One thing that we did really well today was combine our bowling fielding and batting to have a comprehensive win. Until now, probably from the first match, we haven’t managed to do that.” — PTI