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Eoin Morgan Reflects On KKR’s Performance in the Unimaginable Chase

Eoin Morgan Reflects On KKR’s Performance in the Unimaginable Chase
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Kolkata Knight Riders almost chased down the daunting target set by Chennai Super Kings in the 15th match of Indian Premier League. After the match, the KKR captain Eoin Morgan hailed the partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell that took KKR close to finishing line.

The match

At one point KKR were struggling at 31 for the loss five wickets in a 221-run chase. From there Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell posted a brilliant partnership followed by a heroics from Pat Cummins made KKR almost win the match. Russell smashed 54 runs in 22 balls and Dinesh Karthik contributed with the cameo of 40 runs in 24 balls. Later the star bowler of the side, Pat Cummins was seen scoring an unbeaten 66 runs to take Kolkata Knight Riders close to the target. However, they were dismissed for 202, losing the match by 18 runs only.

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Morgan on match

It was a thriller with a lot of heroics. Speaking about the match, Eoin Morgan said, “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,” Morgan said.

He continued to talk about his teammates who made the chase almost possible. “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. Tremendous fight from our middle and lower order which is all you can ask for when you lose wickets upfront like that.”

The KKR captain also criticised the batting approach of the team in the first few overs. “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.”

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