Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that the pitch at Chepauk left him ‘stumped’ after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Glenn Maxwell (49-ball 78) and AB de Villiers’s (34-ball 76*) onslaught ensured that his side went down by 36 runs on Sunday afternoon.
With Chepuak’s track conducive to bowlers at the backend, Virat Kohli chose to bat first after winning the toss and while RCB lost two early wickets in just the second over, the decision was vindicated by his two senior pros- Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers- who took down KKR’s bowling with absolute disdain.
Eoin Morgan said that pitch played well as compared to the previous games but he doffed his hat to Maxwell and ABD for the manner in which they batted.
“Certainly RCB’s day with the bat on a rocket-hot afternoon game. It [The Chennai pitch] certainly has stumped me, and I can’t gauge the wicket. Everyone who batted on this wicket felt it played better but RCB played better. Probably not to be honest,” said Eoin Morgan at the press conference.
Chasing 205, Kolkata Knight Riders showed the intent throughout their innings but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, leaving too much to do for Andre Russell in the end, admitted Eoin Morgan.
“Maxwell is a fine player, but to bowl to AB you need to have that [option]. Yeah, yeah, we struggled to kick on and got us into a position where only Andre could do it. Different wicket [in Mumbai], dew, and we have been watching those games.” he added.
The Eoin Morgan-led KKR have now lost two games on the bounce. They will now face Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on April 21.