Eoin Morgan and Kagiso Rabada react as Kolkata Knight Riders secure crucial IPL victory over Delhi Capitals


Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals (Picture: IPL)

Eoin Morgan praised his Kolkata Knight Riders team after they clinched a crucial victory over Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.

Nitish Rana (81) and Sunil Narine (64) shared a brilliant 115-run partnership to help Kolkata recover from 42-3 to post 194-6 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Kolkata then produced a superb bowling performance to restrict Delhi to 131-9, with Varun Chakravarthy taking a five-wicket haul and Pat Cummins claiming three scalps.

The victory sees Kolkata consolidate their position in fourth in the IPL table with three group matches remaining.

Kolkata captain and England star Morgan said: ‘We had a couple of days to reflect on things before this game.

‘In such a compact tournament, it can be easy to get caught up. But we did really well today.

‘It was great to see Sunil [Narine] to come back and play as a proper all-rounder. He played well and so did Nitish Rana.

‘The decision of where to bat Narine is on the coach [Brendon McCullum]. He likes to play his cards. It is all on Brendon.

‘It is not a tournament where teams are getting 100 in the first ten overs. You need a longer batting line-up. That is why I am batting lower.

‘Varun [Chakravarthy] is such a humble guy, he just goes about his work. Throughout the tournament, he has been our standout performer.’

Delhi Capitals were the early pacesetters at IPL 2020 but they have now suffered back-to-back defeats.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada insists Delhi remain in a good position, however, and says his team-mates should not be ‘too worried’ about their form.

The South African said: ‘Obviously when you lose it’s a bit of a concern.

‘We started the competition really well and set us up nicely. We need one more win to qualify so we’re still in a good position.

‘But this is what the IPL is all about, it’s quality against quality and any team can rock up on the day and win.

‘Look, we’ve been playing some good cricket so we need to focus on what we’ve been doing well. I don’t think it’s a big area we need to focus on.

‘It’s up to us to improve now. It happens in the IPL. I don’t think we are too worried, it’s just a small concern.’

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