IPL 2020: ‘I didn’t have to tell anything to Gill, he is hungry and beautiful to watch,’ says Eoin Morgan

Shubhman Gill played an unbeaten knock of 70 off 62 balls and helped Kolkata knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets on Saturday.

Shubhman Gill and Eoin Morgan

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Eoin Morgan was full of praise for young Shubhman Gill, saying his innings was “beautiful to watch”. Gill scored an unbeaten 70 runs — his fifth IPL half-century and also a stand of 92-run partnership with Morgan which helped KKR defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 7 wickets to register their first win in the the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL).

The England World Cup-winning captain Morgan scored 42 runs off 29, and remained not out.

“I didn’t have to tell him a great deal, to be honest, he’s beautiful to watch on the eye, good bat swing, very languid style, magnificent to watch, he’s a good kid, very hungry to learn and I would love to bat with him once again. I think he deserves all the success,” Morgan said about Gill after the match.

This win helps us get some momentum and confidence: Eoin Morgan

Shubhman Gill (L) and Eoin Morgan

Morgan also said this victory will help the Kolkata players to attain some momentum and confidence as the 52-day long T20 tournament progresses.

“Nice feeling to get a win under our belt. It’s a long tournament, but obviously, this win helps us get some momentum and confidence going,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

After losing the toss, Kolkata put up a disciplined bowling display with their star bowler Pat Cummins leading from the front. The overall effort from the bowling side saw SRH batsman getting restricted to 142-4 in Abu Dhabi.

“We were a bit rusty in our last game against MI, but we won this match with our bowlers, they did a great job restricting a very strong Sunrisers batting line-up. Wickets of Bairstow and Warner at the top put us in a good position. They put them on the back-foot and we knew we didn’t have to put ourselves under pressure in the chase,” Morgan said.

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