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New KKR Captain Morgan: We Weren't At The Races

New KKR Captain Morgan: We Weren't At The Races Photo: TT
Kolkata Knight Riders's cricketer Dinesh Karthik plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League

Newly elevated Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan says his side were never in the contest as they were thrashed by eight wickets by the Mumbai Indians on Friday night.

The Mumbai Indians chased down Kolkata Knight Riders’ total of 5-148 with 19 balls to spare in Abu Dhabi to restore their position atop the Indian Premier League standings.

Morgan has taken over as KKR captain from Dinesh Karthik and admitted his side “weren’t even at the races” in the match-up which was arguably the most emphatic result this season and leaves them in fourth with a 4-4 record.

“We weren’t even at the races today,” Morgan said. “We got a score to bowl at in the end, but the way Mumbai got off, it is tough to stop them.”

KKR had stumbled to 5-61 in the 11th over upon Andre Russell’s dismissal but a lot of onlookers were confused by their batting order, with the captain (who made 39no from 29 balls) coming in at five, after Karthik at four. Pat Cummins impressed at seven with a blistering half-century, making 53no from 36 deliveries.

“Numbers four, five and six is a lot of our experience,” Morgan said about their batting line-up.

“Given the match-ups, we are trying to play our best hand there. Today it didn’t make that much of a difference; we were all in early.”

Mumbai’s attack was expertly led by Rahul Chahar who took 2-18 from four overs, while Jasprit Bumrah (1-22) and Trent Boult (1-32) were tight as always.

Their chase was top class too, led by Player of the Match Quinton de Kock who made light work of the 149-run target with 78no from 44 balls, including nine fours and three sixes. De Kock’s crucial knock came after he dropped a catch off Cummins’ bowling.

“I have played this game enough to know you can’t do anything about it if you drop one,” the South African wicketkeeper-batsman said.

“You have to carry on and do the best for your team. I am a better keeper than that, and don’t drop catches on purpose so that is nothing to worry about.”

Ben somerford
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