IPL 2021: Morgan, Bowlers Help KKR Get Back To Winning Ways

Kolkata Knight Riders 126 for 5 (Morgan 47*, Tripathi 41, Henriques 1-5) beat Punjab Kings 123 for 9 (Agarwal 31, Jordan 30, Krishna 3-30, Narine 2-22) by five wickets

A valiant 66-run partnership between Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi while chasing and a fantastic performance from the bowlers in the first innings helped KKR climb from the bottom of the table to the fifth position on Monday.

KKR bowled well to restrict Punjab Kings to a paltry 123 in the first innings. In response, KKR faltered at the start, but, skipper Eoin Morgan (47*) made sure he stays till the end and takes the team over the victory line.

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Top Effort From KKR Bowlers

The surface at Motera Stadium is conducive to seamers and it was quite evident. KKR seamers consistently pitched at good length and found a lot of assistance. They made life tough for the batsmen right from the start. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal struggled to play at a brisk pace in the powerplay overs. In a bid to accelerate, KL Rahul (19) was caught off Cummins while playing over mid-on. Once he departed, wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.

Shivam Mavi bowled an outstanding opening spell and completed his quota of four overs inside the first 7 overs. He ended with exceptional figures of 1 for 13 in 4 overs. He gave KKR the important breakthrough of Chris Gayle (0). Prasidh Krishna came out to bowl the 8th over and struck in his first over, with Deepak Hooda hitting a full-length ball straight to Morgan at Point.

Morgan introduced spin from both ends from the 11th over onwards. The batsman found it tough to read a lot of deliveries from two mystery spinners. Between the 11th and 15th over, the duo picked three wickets and dented Punjab’s hope of posting a big total. Chris Jordan’s 30-run cameo wasn’t enough as Punjab ended up with a below-par total.