Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan lamented the team’s weak effort with the bat in the six-wicket loss to the Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
“The bat was a disappointment and we lacked a lot of intention throughout the innings,” said Morgan. “We were behind the ball from the start. Maybe we were 40 [runs] in short, what makes a lot in a T20 game. The bowlers had too much to do. “
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KKR, who lost by 20 points after scoring 200 points in the same venue against the Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, could only manage 133 for nine at first batting against the Royals.
“It’s a stark contrast to the last game. The wicket hasn’t been as good as it has been in previous games and we haven’t been able to meet the challenge. Every time we’ve tried to take an offensive option, we lost a wicket.
“It left us with a lot to do, which we couldn’t do. The clearer the mind, the easier it is. At the end of the day a guy has to play cricket freely. Two teams struggle to take it. momentum in the tournament and we missed two big points, ”said the Englishman.
Royals skipper Sanju Samson praised the collective bowling effort to restrain KKR.
“It was great actually. The bowlers have done well in the last four-five games – youngsters and seniors alike. I like to lead them. I think we got to see [Chris] Morris’s eyes that he wanted the competition to bring out the big batsmen, ”Samson said.
After a series of low scores, Samson finished undefeated out of 42 to see victory in the chase.
“My thought process is actually that I don’t come with a mindset. I love to keep enjoying my stick, but these days I play according to a situation and try to win games for my. team, ”said the 26-year-old.
About Chetan Sakariya, Samson said: “He is a very different person and a laid back person. It is a very positive thing for the Rajasthan Royals. He is ready to play this tournament and big matches. Hopefully that is. he will win more games for us in the future. “