Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan conceded that a successful run chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday (October 3) was difficult, but said his better side could win the match and keep the IPL 2021 play-off hopes alive. Well adapted for After an impressive performance from the bowlers, KKR beat SRH by six wickets with a scintillating 57 from young Shubman Gill. The win cemented KKR’s position at the fourth position in the standings with 12 points from 13 matches.
“Yeah the chase was tough. I thought it was dull if anything. Wicket is one thing but you need to adapt to the conditions – good bowling, good fielding. We did that well, have improved a lot compared to two days ago ,” said Morgan.
“(Shubman) Gill was very good. (Shakib) Vishal. It is a luxury to have the strength and depth to call upon an experienced campaigner like him. He has had a great impact today. As a group, about two years ago, we thought we would play in India. And since then we have been opposing it.”
Morgan said that, having missed out on a place in the play-offs last year, they have a proper team to achieve that goal this season, “We are focused on playing good cricket. We’ve played really, really good cricket – the attitude, the implementation of the game plan.”
Player of the match Gill said it was important to catch wickets early and then score runs till the end. “You watch the wicket and then you pick your match. It is not easy to hit spinners on this surface. I was mostly targeting the smaller team,” Gill said.
“I didn’t have many runs under my belt. And if you play a bad shot in a low scoring game then the opposition team can come back. So the batsman should try to take the game home. When you play in North India, the wickets are not that bouncy. You play with your wrists a lot. That’s why I use them a lot. Umran Malik was definitely sharp“
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Dinesh Karthik, who remained unbeaten on 18 off 12 balls and scored the winning run, said he knew the run chase would be a bit difficult. “We were at that stage when I could play my shots when I went in. It was good that (Nitish) Rana didn’t try to match Gill with the shot. fingers crossed.”
His side had already crashed out of the tournament, with SRH captain Kane Williamson stating that the target for his team was 150 after batting, but could not do so due to lack of partnership. “When we got to the last 3-4 overs with the bat, we wanted to crack and score 150. The sight is beautiful, honestly we would like to have some partnerships,” Williamson said.
“It’s part and parcel of the game – trying to identify what the competitive total will be.”
He admitted that defending a low score was a tough job. “We are working hard and it is not paying off right now. We are facing Malik in the nets – he is special, very fast. The young man runs and goes hard.”
(with PTI input)