Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning skipper of England, was handed over captaincy midway through IPL 2020 — and KKR have won three and lost four matches. Under Dinesh Karthik, KKR had won four and lost three matches.
Last month, before their match against defending champions Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) announced that wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik decided to hand over the captaincy’s reins to Eoin Morgan.
Eoin Morgan Scores Unbeaten 68 To Help KKR Win
Eoin Morgan has smashed the second highest 418 runs for KKR this season and played the key role again by scoring an unbeaten 68 off 35 balls with the help of 5 fours and 6 sixes in their must-win game against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. KKR won the match by 60 runs after scoring 191/7 and restricting Rajasthan to 131/9.
Pacer Pat Cummins returned with figures of 4/34 to bag Man of the Match award accounting for the wickets of Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith and Riyan Parag. Contributions from Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan had helped KKR defeat Rajasthan Royals. Although the England skipper had scored a solitary fifty, he had an average of 41.8 to showcase his class.
KKR batted first and managed to score 191/7 after Shubman Gill scored 36 and Rahul Tripathi scored 39. The duo put up a 72 run second wicket partnership in 8 overs before a collapse saw KKR reeling at 99/5 in 13th over. But with the help of comeback man Andre Russell and later Pat Cummins, the England skipper helped KKR to reach the score of above 190.
Former Australian spin wizard and former KKR player Brad Hogg feel that Eoin Morgan has carried KKR’s middle-order throughout IPL. The former bowler also credited Australian pacer Pat Cummins who took a four-wicket haul for his brilliant performance against Rajasthan Royals.
Shubman Gill is the leading run-scorer for KKR this season with 440 runs averaging 33.84 with 3 half-centuries, and Brad Hogg credited him for starting excellently.
#KKR have a nervous two days, yes @patcummins30 has been brilliant, but the pick of the tournament was @Eoin16 who has carried there middle order all tournament, complementing the excellent starts from @RealShubmanGill #IPL2020 #KKRvRR
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 2, 2020
After this win, KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches and are still hoping to qualify for playoffs. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are now out from contention to qualify for playoffs after losing the match and are bottom placed in the points table with only 12 points from 14 matches.