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

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Written by Sriram Veera
|October 17, 2020 12:55:54 am

iplQuinton 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 standard 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 group whose captain had stepped down midseason, on the morning of a recreation in opposition to the defending champions. That chaos confirmed within the batting till Pat Cummins stirred up some semblance of a revival, serving to them take 49 runs within the final 4 overs. Earlier than 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. Each group now targets Russel with a brief one at his physique and he hasn’t provide you with a solution but. His propensity to remain legside of the ball, no matter the road, has additionally led to bother.

A complete win for the @mipaltan right here in Abu Dhabi. They win by eight wickets in opposition to #KKR.

Quinton de Kock stays unbeaten on 78.#Dream11IPL. pic.twitter.com/BDhMILSKI0

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 16, 2020

Karthik is the ninth captain to be modified midseason in IPL however the first to go regardless of the group being within the prime 4 of the factors desk. Within the first seven video games, he had scored 108 at simply 15.42 and that strain 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 sting on to his stumps. Watching him from the opposite finish was the person who has changed him. Morgan dropped anchor to attempt to forestall the group from being bowled out.

The sport was meandering alongside when Cummins intervened. He has already proven a liking for Mumbai Indians – of 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 road to Bumrah, and hitting by means of the road in opposition to Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Within the final over, bowled by Coulter-Nile, Morgan too joined in, hitting two sixes as they scored 21 runs to take the entire to 148/5 but it surely wasn’t sufficient to even check Mumbai’s would possibly.

Mumbai boss round in fashion

The one factor within 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 of the photographs that we’ve come to affiliate with him: the heaves over midwicket, the feisty pulls, and the blasts by means of the road. Sharma too had his moments with the bat, triggering purrs from Brett Lee on air: “the very best puller in world cricket proper now”.

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

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