IPL 2020: Eoin Morgan is currently not the leading run-scorer for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2020. However, he is the most fluent looking batsman in the Kolkata Knight Riders line up. He failed to score in the opening match against the Mumbai Indians but came back strongly in the next two matches.
KKR were chasing a mammoth target of 229 runs against the Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, October 3. However, the surprising fact was that Eoin Morgan came to bat at the number 6 position despite being in a good form with the bat. He arrived at the crease when KKR needed 112 runs from 44 deliveries.
Morgan smacked 44 runs off 18 balls which included one four and five sixes. Anrich Nortje dismissed him in the end. However, when he was asked the reason for batting lower down the order, he considered it not to be wrong as KKR has some match-winners in their team.
“No, I don’t think so. When you look at the batting lineup, there are a number of match-winners in that lineup,” Morgan was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference. (IPL 2020)
IPL 2020: Eoin Morgan lauds the power-hitting abilities of Andre Russell. (IPL 2020)
KKR sent Andre Russell up the order, considering that they were chasing a big total. Russel smashed Kagiso Rabada for a six and a boundary in the ninth over. However, he got out in the same over as he top-edged a ball which was caught by Nortije.
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Morgan praised Russell for his power hitting and considered him as someone who can bat high up the order.
“It’s a very difficult one to sort of get up the order particularly (when you have) world-class batsman, allrounder Andre Russell. He’s an incredible striker of the ball. When he comes up the order, everybody shifts down a little bit,” he added.
Eoin Morgan along with Rahul Tripathi stitched together a partnership of 78 runs off just 30 balls, after the loss of KKR’s sixth wicket. However, after Morgan’s dismissal, the chase went off track. Tripathi also scored 36 runs off 16 balls. However, that was not enough to take KKR over the winning line as they ended up with a total of 210 for eight in 20 overs.