Knights in the dark: Eoin Morgan’s reign off to a disastrous start as Rohit & Co showcase their might

Written by Sriram Veera

October 17, 2020 12:55:54 am

Quinton de Kock (78*) prime scored for Mumbai Indians. (Twitter/IPL)

Nothing went proper for Kolkata Knight Riders in Eoin Morgan’s first recreation as captain. The batting lacked intent and the traditional suspects continued to fail; Dinesh Karthik, who stepped down from captaincy, continued his horror run with the bat and so did Andre Russell. Mumbai Indians reached the 149-run goal for the lack of two wickets with greater than three overs remaining.

Sluggish KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders performed like a staff whose captain had stepped down midseason, on the morning of a recreation in opposition to the defending champions. That chaos confirmed in the batting till Pat Cummins stirred up some semblance of a revival, serving to them take 49 runs in the final 4 overs. Before his arrival, the innings had lacked intent and revealed self-doubts and flaws. It began with a sensational catch from Suryakumar Yadav when he dived to his left at backward level to seize a slash from Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana then gloved a bouncer, Shubman Gill tamely hit to long-on, and Russel too was taken out by a bumper. Every staff now targets Russel with a brief one at his physique and he hasn’t give you a solution but. His propensity to keep legside of the ball, regardless of the line, has additionally led to bother.

Karthik is the ninth captain to be modified midseason in IPL however the first to go regardless of the staff being in the prime 4 of the factors desk. In the first seven video games, he had scored 108 at simply 15.42 and that stress confirmed. He tried to nurdle and prod earlier than going for a paddle shot off leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and noticed the ball dribble off the edge on to his stumps. Watching him from the different finish was the man who has changed him. Morgan dropped anchor to attempt to stop the staff from being bowled out.

The recreation was meandering alongside when Cummins intervened. He has already proven a liking for Mumbai Indians – in their earlier assembly this season, he had slammed Jasprit Bumrah for 4 sixes in an over. He customised his actions to the bowlers – shuffling in direction of off in opposition to Trent Boult to go legside, staying beside the line to Bumrah, and hitting by means of the line in opposition to Nathan Coulter-Nile.

In the final over, bowled by Coulter-Nile, Morgan too joined in, hitting two sixes as they scored 21 runs to take the whole to 148/5 nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to even take a look at Mumbai’s might.

Mumbai boss round in fashion

The solely factor in the chase that was out of order for Mumbai Indians was Quinton de Kock’s pants. Half-way to the center, he realised he had worn the coaching pants as an alternative of the match trousers. He turned to stroll again however determined in opposition to it; simply untucked his jersey and pulled it down. Rohit Sharma was seen laughing, a temper that stayed by means of the chase. De Kock unfurled all the pictures that now we have come to affiliate with him: the heaves over midwicket, the feisty pulls, and the blasts by means of the line. Sharma too had his moments with the bat, triggering purrs from Brett Lee on air: “the best puller in world cricket right now”.

Mumbai even promoted Hardik Pandya who has been taking part in as a specialist batsman, and he smacked a few to hasten the finish.

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