MI vs KKR: Eoin Morgan blames top-order batting failure for Kolkata Knight Riders’ loss in opposition to Mumbai Indians | Cricket Information

ABU DHABI: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan blamed top-order batting failure for his facet’s complete defeat to Mumbai Indians of their IPL match right here and mentioned they should “flip issues round” rapidly.
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Electing to bat, KKR have been decreased to 42 for four within the eighth over and half of their batsmen have been gone for 61 within the 11th over. An 87-run unbroken stand for the sixth wicket between Morgan (39 not out) and quick bowler Pat Cummins (53 not out) took them to a good 148 for five.
However, Mumbai Indians wanted simply 16.5 overs to overtake the goal for the lack of two wickets to report an eight-wicket win on Friday.

“That is placing it very politely. With the batting early on, we made just a few errors. Mumbai Indians bowled very well and proved precisely why they’ve been one of many kind groups within the event to date,” Morgan mentioned on the publish match press convention.
“From right here on, there may be one other space of enchancment that we have to make strides on. We’re simply previous the half-way stage within the event. There is no such thing as a higher time to show issues round,” mentioned the Englishman who was elevated to captaincy on Friday after Dinesh Karthik stepped down.
Morgan mentioned the KKR batting order will should be versatile, adapting in line with the respective opposition.
“Given the power and depth we have now in our batting-line, and the totally different skill-levels and skill-sets that we have now, we have now to be as adaptable as attainable going ahead,” mentioned the England limited-over skipper.
“With enjoying in opposition to totally different opposition, there are totally different match-ups that we really feel we are able to benefit from our batting line-up, and therefore the continued change within the order,” he mentioned.
He mentioned KKR had a clean transition after Karthik determined to step down from captaincy to deal with his batting.
“Inside a crew of leaders, provided that myself and Dinesh have been leaders in captain and vice-captain, I believe there might be a clean transition from right here. It took plenty of braveness for DK and truly numerous selflessness to return ahead and recognise inside himself that he wished to deal with his batting and take the vice captaincy up,” mentioned Morgan.
“Due to this fact, I turned captain and it’s a nice alternative for me to guide the crew. Like I mentioned, inside our group of gamers, we have now quite a few leaders and we are going to want all through this competitors,” he added.
On Cummins who top-scored for KKR, Morgan mentioned the crew seems to be on the Australian as an “all-rounder”. He mentioned focussing on golf on this journey has helped Cummins in his batting.
For Mumbai Indians, it was their fifth win on the trot however opener Quinton de Kock mentioned it was all about taking one recreation at a time and the crew has not began preparations for the play-offs.
“No, the preparations for play-offs have not began. We’re taking each recreation because it comes. No matter occurs we received to maintain it easy, keep humble in the best way we do issues and play to our strengths, that is all we are able to management for now,” he mentioned.
“Whether or not we get to play-offs or not, it’s not actually controllable, however sure we’re right here to attempt to play the perfect cricket we are able to,” mentioned the South African who top-scored for MI with 78 not out off 44 balls.
He praised leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who bagged two wickets for 18 runs.
“He (Chahar) backs himself, which is a key factor in a participant. He is aware of his expertise and he is aware of if he has a foul recreation … he’s going to return stronger. He’s hungry on what he does, so it’s good to see. Clearly, all we are able to do as gamers is simply to maintain backing him,” mentioned de Kock.

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