Morgan completed 7,000 races in his T20 career.
The venues may have changed, but the trend of low scores in most matches has not. IPL season. After the Punjab Kings openers Rahul and Agarwal started steadily on the new pitch, they never had control of the game. The wickets continued to drop almost everywhere, with the Punjab ending up with 123/9. Prasidh Krishna was the leader of the 3-wicket bowling alley, accompanied by tight bowling by Shivam Mavi who conceded only 13 points in his full overshoot quota.
Despite being a small target, Kolkata Knight Riders had another top-notch fumble as Shami, Henriques and Arshdeep each took a wicket to reduce them to 17/3. But from there, Rahul Tripathi and Eoin Morgan stabilized the ship as they pursued the target comfortably without further obstacles.
Here is an overview of the statistics produced during this match:
6 – Ahmedabad hosted its first IPL match for the first time in six years. The last match organized by this field took place on April 24, 2015 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which RR won by 9 wickets.
29 – Chris Gayle now has the most ducks in T20 format. With his 29e duck today he surpassed Dwayne Smith (28 ducks) in the list of most T20 ducks.
2 – This is only the second time that Chris Gayle has been sent off for a first IPL ball, both against his first team IPL Kolkata Knight Riders. It was Umesh Yadav the bowler who did it in 2017, and Shivam Mavi the bowler today.
4 – This is the fourth time Nitish Rana has been absent for a first ball duck since 2020 IPL, the highest of any player in this period. Rashid Khan is second on the list with 3 first ball ducks.
2 – The Punjab Kings’ 123/9 total is their second lowest total against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Their low was 119/6 in Calcutta in 2011.
ten – This is the tenth IPL duck for Sunil Narine, tying Gautam Gambhir’s record for most ducks for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
3 – Eoin Morgan becomes the third player to score over 50 points and take 3+ catches for Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match. The other two who did are Jacques Kallis in 2011 and Robin Uthappa in 2016.
4 – During this stroke, Eoin Morgan hit the 7,000 T20 race milestone, becoming the fourth English player to reach the milestone. The others are Alex Hales, Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara.
5 – Kolkata Knight Riders have now won 5 of their last 6 games against the Punjab Kings.
19 – It’s the 19the victory for Kolkata Knight Riders over Punjab Kings in IPL – by far the most of any team. CSK comes in second, with 15 wins over the Punjab Kings in the IPL.
~ Written by Kausthub Gudipati