Morgan captained KKR to a 10-run win vs SRH in Match 3.

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IPL 2021: Eoin Morgan, KKR captain Happy With the "Magnificent" Start

Eoin Morgan speaks on the team and match after the victory

Monday, 12th April 2021

Eoin Morgan, the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team said on this Sunday that the team is elated with the grand start they had and had never expected the same. The team defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by as many as 10 runs. It was an easy victory for KKR against the SRH team and the easy half centuries bagged by openers Rahul Tripathi (53) and Nitish Rana (80) led the team to a comfortable spot. The SRH could attain only 177 runs for 5 and they had to chase the target of 188. We are delighted. I thought it was magnificent, the guys batted today at the top of the order in particular, Nitish and Tripathi. And the bowling too, couldn't have asked for a better start," stated Morgan at the after-match presentation.

"It was a tight game against a really tough side. Really happy with the start. We were very happy with our score, we thought if we bowled half decently well we should get over the line."

He said that their progress towards the IPL tournament has been good enough and the team players have done their best to match the scene.

"There's a huge amount of thought and structure that goes into decisions on the field. We've got a great head coach and support staff… "The IPL is all about results. I think guys are buying into what we are trying to do."

Harbhajan Singh, the KKR team’s veteran spin bowler had done the opening of the bowling session and it had fetched in a maiden over for the KKR team. In this context, Eoin Morgan said, "Bhajji starting really well in the first over and not playing a part after that but using his experience to guide the others just shows that."

David Warner, the captain of the SRH team admitted to the fact that his team mis-executed a bit with the bowling.

"I didn't think there were that many runs in that wicket. They adapted really well," stated Warner.

"And the way that we lost two early wickets but fought hard through Jonny and Manish, was good. If you over-pitched, it came on a little bit. They had some height in their bowling attack, it helped with the cross-seam balls."

The Australian cricketer further said that he is confident that the team would have a good momentum with regard to batting in the tournament.

"But plenty of games to come. Four games at this venue so we should be getting used to this square."

Nitish Rana became Man of the Match and when asked about the game, Rana stated that he had backed himself during the game and was hoping to strike the balls falling within his slot.

"I thought the ball was in my slot (first ball off Bhuvneshwar) and luckily I got a four," stated Nitish Rana who could score 80 runs 0ff the 56 balls.

"My game-plan is always that if the ball is in my slot I'll try to hit it. I was backing myself and looking to hit balls. I've been playing spin since childhood, so in a way, it's in my blood."

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