Knight Riders' Woes Worsen After Royals Defeat

Knight Riders' Woes Worsen After Royals Defeat Photo: TT
Eoin Morgan

The Kolkata Knight Riders’ ordinary start to the 2021 Indian Premier League season continued with a six-wicket defeat to the struggling Rajasthan Royals on Saturday night.

Chris Morris won Man of the Match honours for the Rajasthan Royals after taking 4-23 and completing a run out, decimating the Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting line-up as they managed 9-133.

The Royals chased down the target with seven balls to spare, led by captain Sanju Samson with a steady 42no from 41 balls while David Miller made 24no from 23.

The result moved Rajasthan up to sixth with a 2-3 record while KKR slump into bottom spot with a 1-4 ledger.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan said: “The batting was the letdown and we lacked a lot of intent throughout the whole innings.

“We were behind the eight ball right from the get-go. Possibly, we were 40 short which is a lot in a T20 game.

“The bowlers had too much to do. It’s a stark contrast to the last game.

“The wicket hasn’t been as good as it has been in the previous games and we couldn’t overcome the challenge.

“It left us with a lot to do, which we couldn’t do. The clearer the mind, the easier it is. Ultimately, one guy needs to play free-flowing cricket.

“Two sides struggling to gain momentum in the tournament and we missed big two points.”

Samson was delighted to see Rajasthan end their two-game losing run and praised the bowlers for their contribution especially Morris who ripped through the middle order.

“It was brilliant actually,” he said. “The bowlers have been doing well in the last four-five matches - the youngsters as well as the seniors. I enjoy captaining them.

“I think we could see in Morris’ eyes that we wanted the competition to get big batsmen out.”

Ben somerford
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