KKR vs CSK, IPL 2021: Eoin Morgan heaped praise on Kolkata Knight Riders’ middle-order batsmen who nearly pulled off the 221-run chase against Chennai Super Kings in Match 15 on Wednesday night.
Pat Cummins’s remained unbeaten on 66 but still ended up on the losing side (Courtesy of BCCI)
- Chennai Super Kings (220/3) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (202-all out) by 18 runs
- Kolkata lost their 3rd game in succession to drop down to 6th on the IPL 2021 points table
- KKR will next face the Rajasthan Royals on April 24 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan’s heart was racing even as he came to spoke after Match 15 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Mumbai as he witnessed a thrilling clash from the dugout on Wednesday night.
KKR were gone for all money in the run chase of 221 against CSK. The two-time champions were reduced to 31 for 5 by Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi in the powerplay before Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins brought them back in the match with valiant knocks.
Russell started the recovery with his 22-ball 54 before Karthik and Cummins reignited their hopes, scoring 40 and 66 not out respectively. KKR eventually ran out of steam in the end due to the regular loss of wickets.
Cummins’s kept on fighting till the very end but just the loss of partners at the other end made it impossible for him to get his team over the line. KKR fell short by 18 runs and got bowled out for 202 in 19.1 overs.
“It’s (pulse) quite high at the moment. What a hell of a game of cricket. Certainly from the position we were in after our powerplay, we probably didn’t think we’d get as close as we did.
“But Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik really did put a partnership together, once you do that taking advantage of the conditions here, it’s very difficult to stop. A partnership going in that manner and then following that Pat Cummins the way he played really gave us every chance towards the end,” Morgan said on Star Sports after the game.
Morgan heaped praise on his team’s middle-order batsmen who nearly pulled off the second highest successful run chase in IPL history.
“Tremendous fight from our middle and lower order which is all you can ask for when you lose wickets upfront like that. The first five overs of our batting didn’t go our way. We didn’t play as well as would have liked. If we had built a partnership and taken advantage of those early overs going into those middle overs, we would have been in a really strong position,” Morgan said.
KKR dropped down to sixth on the points table with their third loss in succession and will next face the Rajasthan Royals on April 24 at the same venue.