|| India Correspondent ||
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a convincing 60-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. With this, they ended their group stage with a win and also kept the hope alive for a playoff berth.
However, after the win, captain Eoin Morgan said that they played a free-flowing style of cricket in the game where Pat Cummins claimed four wickets in a target of 192 and Rajasthan could only manage 131/9 in their 20 overs as well.
"I thought it was around a par score. Every batsman who came back in and said that it was a beautiful wicket with the dew in. We lost wickets between 10th and 15th overs, and to finish like we did was really good," Morgan said after the match.
"We were out there to be play a free-flowing style of cricket. That was the only way we were going to win. Especially with the dew factor expected anyway, irrespective of when it came. Bringing out Dre Russ in meant that it took the conditions out of the equation. We backed the guys to take a bit of risk even if it wasn't there. That was one thing we talked about, leading into this game," he further shared.
Morgan also shared the bowling strategy they used in order to restrict Rajasthan and also revealed that they didn't focus on the net run rate numbers as well. To defeat abatting heavy side like Rajasthan, having an aggressive mindset was important for the team too.
"We felt that a hard length or a good length was the best spot to bowl. We tried to execute that in the first six overs and I thought Mavi was outstanding. Obviously Pat set the tone early on. Winning the game was about taking wickets, especially early. Yes, I was aware of the numbers (about net run rate) but you need to first get yourself into a winning position. I don't think we could have done anything more today. So whatever happens from here is upto the Gods," he concluded.