Things have gone from bad to worse for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as they have suffered their fourth defeat of the season. This time around it came against last-placed Rajasthan Royals (RR) who have now climbed up the table leaving KKR rock-bottom. It was a fairly ordinary batting performance as they could only manage 133 on the board and at the Wankhede Stadium at that.
The openers just could not get going and even as Rahul Tripathi scored a brisk knock, the others were not able to up the ante. With Chris Morris picking up four wickets, KKR finished on a low. The target of 134 was then chased down without breaking much of a sweat as skipper Sanju Samson anchored the innings by finishing unbeaten till the end, to notch up the side’s second win of the season.
Eoin Morgan speaks on KKR’s defeat to RR
KKR skipper Eoin Morgan who got run-out for a diamond duck today spoke about the loss and said, “The batting let us down. We lacked a lot of intent throughout the whole innings. We were behind the game right from the get-go. Didn’t put the bowlers under enough pressure. RR adapted to the pitch much better. We were probably 40 short which is a lot in a T20 game.”
“The wicket today wasn’t as good as it has been here at the Wankhede and that was a challenge in itself. Every time we tried taking an attacking option, we lost a wicket. Left us a lot to do at the back end, which we didn’t obviously do. Clearer the mind, the easier it is (to play with intent). We want guys to play free-flowing cricket. It wasn’t their today unfortunately,” he added.
KKR’s next match is against Punjab Kings on the 26th of April.