Newly-appointed KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, on the back of his side’s crushing defeat at the hands of Mumbai, stated that the batsmen let the side down on the day and revealed that the middle-order is being shuffled around based on conditions. MI, today, chased KKR’s target of 149 in under 17 overs.
Hours before the crunch encounter versus Mumbai, KKR dropped a bombshell by revealing that incumbent Dinesh Karthik was handing over the captaincy to Eoin Morgan. The move was supposed to inject positivity into the side, and subsequently free up DK the batsman, but neither happened on Friday in Abu Dhabi as KKR dished out an uninspiring batting performance. Batting first, 148 was all the Knight Riders managed and a major talking point, yet again, was the structure of their middle-order.
Today, Morgan walked in at No.5 below Dinesh Karthik and it did not bode too well for the side as Karthik, after playing the finisher role to perfection versus Punjab, only managed an eight-ball four today.
Speaking post-match, Morgan admitted that the batting let the team down but claimed that the think tank are shuffling the batting position of the experienced No.4, No.5 and No.6 batters in accordance with the situation.
“We weren’t in the race at all really, being four or five down. Managed to get a score on the board but when Mumbai play like that, they are hard to stop. Guys fought hard but just not enough runs on the board. No.4, 5 and 6 we have a lot of experience. We’re trying to adapt according to the situation. Don’t think it would have made much difference today,” Morgan said post match.
The defeat means that KKR find themselves still in the fourth spot, two points ahead of SRH, who have a significantly better run rate than the two-time champions.