Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan said on Sunday that his team couldn’t have asked for a better start in the IPL after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs. After being called to bat, KKR cruised past SRH thanks to opener Nitish Rana’s (80) and Rahul Tripathi’s (53) fluent half-centuries. When chasing 188, SRH could only manage 177 for 5. “We are overjoyed. I thought the guys batted brilliantly today, particularly Nitish and Tripathi at the top of the order. And the bowling, too, has gotten off to a great start “Morgan said during the post-match press conference.
“It was a close game against a difficult opponent.” I’m very pleased with how things have gone so far. We were pleased with our score and believed that if we bowled half decently, we would be able to cross the finish line.”
According to him, the build-up to the tournament has been positive, and the players have gelled well.
“Decisions on the field are made with a great deal of consideration and structure.” We have a fantastic head coach and supporting staff.
“Results are everything about the IPL.” “I believe the guys believe in what we’re trying to do.”
“Bhajji starting very well in the first over and not playing a part after that but using his experience to lead the others just reveals that,” Morgan said of veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was bowling in his first match for the KKR.
SRH captain David Warner admitted that his team made some mistakes with the ball.
“I didn’t think the wicket could hold that many runs. They did a fantastic job of adapting “Warner remarked.
“And it was impressive how we lost two early wickets but came back through Jonny and Manish. It came on a little bit if you over-pitched. Their bowling attack had some height, which helped with the cross-seam balls.”
The Australian predicted that the batting will have decent momentum heading into the tournament.
“But there will be lots of games to come. We’ve played four games at this place, so we should be getting used to it.”
The player of the match Rana said that he had backed up and was looking to strike the balls if they were in his slot.
Rana, who scored 80 off 56 balls, said, “I felt the ball was in my slot (first ball off Bhuvneshwar) and luckily I got a four.”
“My game plan has always been and try and catch the ball if it is in my slot. I was backing up and searching for balls to strike. I’ve been spinning since I was a kid, so it’s in my blood.”