Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan was pleased with his side’s performance in their 9-wicket romp over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday. KKR dominated the match right from ball one, with the bowlers leading the way for the side.
Everything fell apart for Virat Kohli and his men after opting to bat first on a greenish track. Regular wickets, the batting stalwarts failing, and KKR bowlers giving absolutely nothing away combined to hand RCB their third loss of the tournament. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Eoin Morgan said:
“The timing of it is excellent. The talent we have within our squad, sometimes that counts for nothing. You have to go out there and show how good you are. Was 50-50 about the toss. Bowlers had an outstanding day today. Maxwell, AB, Virat – we got on top of them which is fantastic and really rare.”
“Have a long way to go [in the league]. Need a lot of things to go right for us [to qualify]. Today was the perfect start. Maybe makes us a dangerous side – we haven’t turned up to the tournament so far.“
KKR’s 9-wicket victory takes them to fifth place on the points table
Kolkata restricted the RCB side to a paltry score of 92. Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell were the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets each. The returning Lockie Ferguson also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
The run-chase was put to bed early on by the rejuvenated KKR openers, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. The former took a liking to Kyle Jamieson, asserting his authority over the tall Kiwi. Iyer also had an impressive debut, eventually finishing the game with a flurry of boundaries.
The win propelled KKR up to the fifth place, jumping over Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS). As for RCB, they remained in third place with five wins in eight games, but their net run rate took a turn for the worse owing to the huge loss.