IPL 2021: Skipper Eoin Morgan leads from the entrance as KKR ease previous PBKS to return to successful methods
Ahmedabad: Skipper Eoin Morgan introduced in a way of calm after early jitters as Kolkata Knight Riders did not let a superb bowling efficiency go in useless throughout their straightforward five-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in an IPL encounter on Monday.
After the bowlers put up a splendid present to limit Punjab Kings to 123 for 9, KKR scored the runs in 16.4 overs with skipper Morgan remaining unbeaten on 47 off 40 balls.
For KKR, it was a collective bowling efficiency with Prasidh Krishna (3/30), Pat Cummins (2/31) and Sunil Narine (2/22) choked Punjab after the younger Shivam Mavi (1/13) bowled an astounding 15 dot balls in his 4 over spell.
KKR have now ended their four-match shedding streak and are positioned fifth with 4 factors from six video games. Punjab Kings slipped a notch behind and are actually at sixth place.
Chasing the paltry goal on a dew-laden Motera, KKR discovered themselves in acquainted territory as they misplaced top-three for 17 runs inside three overs.
However Morgan (4×4, 2×6) confirmed good intent to grab management with Rahul Tripathi in a 66-run partnership off 48 balls as KKR sealed the problem in 16.4 overs to return to successful methods.
Morgan pulled Shami over sq. to get off the mark with a most and there was no trying again.
He together with Tripathi used their ft and stored charging the Punjab bowlers as they simply wanted 48 runs within the last 10 overs.
Tripathi couldn’t end it after a formidable 32-ball 41 as there was a little bit of a blip with Andre Russell departing as well as of 15 runs however Morgan and Dinesh Karthik ensured that there isn’t any additional harm to cruise dwelling with 20 balls to spare.
Earlier, Rana acquired out for a golden duck within the first over, gifting his wicket to Moises Henriques, chipping a large full toss straight to Shahrukh Khan at cowl.
Then the Indian cricket’s blue-eyed boy, Gill, continued his woeful run after displaying some glimpses of his class, trapped by Mohammed Shami.
Ravi Bishnoi then produced a spectacular diving catch, sprinting about 30 metres to dismiss Sunil Narine for a duck.
Earlier, teen Mavi began all of it, tying issues down with the brand new ball, bowling 15 dot balls in his 4 overs on the trot, earlier than Cummins and Prasidh tightened the noose sharing 5 wickets between them on the loss of life.
The tempo troika eliminated the highest three KL Rahul (19), Chris Gayle (0) and Deepak Hooda (1) in house of 12 balls for six runs to depart PBKS in a disarray within the first 10 overs.
On a pitch, the place the ball stayed low and gripped a bit, the Punjab batsmen failed to use themselves with Sunil Narine (2/22) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/24) additional denting their progress through the center overs in addition to back-end.
Prasidh had one of the best figures as he ended Chris Jordan’s 18-ball 30 cameo which took the full previous the 120-run mark.
Mavi capped a effective opening spell of 4 overs dismissing Chris Gayle for a golden duck with the ‘Universe Boss’ taking a backside edge.
Bowling with the brand new ball, the teen was excellent within the powerplay, conceding simply 9 runs from his three overs, by no means permitting the 2 star Punjab openers, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, to precise themselves.
The stress was evident on Rahul when he perished after making an attempt to interrupt free towards Cummins within the last over of Powerplay.
The damaging Deepak Hooda (1) acquired out courtesy a surprising low catch by Eoin Morgan as Punjab had a horrible begin shedding three wickets in 12 balls for six runs.
Amid ruins, opener Mayank Agarwal scored a painstaking 31 off 34 balls which additionally halted the workforce’s momentum.
At that time, Morgan used Narine to nice impact because the Trinidadian dismissed Agarwal and Moises Henriques in successive overs to push them behind additional.
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