You give this KKR bowling attack some runs on the board, and they’re just brilliant. They’ve defended some middling totals superbly before this game. So the 194 they got today was just a luxury. What makes it so challenging is the quality they have for every phase of the innings. Pat Cummins brilliant with the new ball again today, eventually managing to double his wicket-tally for the season. There’s Lockie Ferguson after the powerplay. And then comes Varun Chakravarthy, who was saved up for the back half and just bamboozled Delhi to emerge with the first five-wicket haul of the season. Narine wasn’t as effective with the ball on his return, but his contribution with the bat earlier along with Rana was what paved the way for a stunning counter-attack from Kolkata. What a way to bounce back after their abject surrender against RCB, taking firm command in the race for the fourth spot. And who knows, they might even end up doing better than that. Just one win separates them from the top three.
Shreyas Iyer | DC Captain: Looking at the start we got, we could’ve put more pressure on them and we could’ve gone more attacking but the way they played in between especially Sunil Narine coming and changing the momentum towards them. I think that was the changing point and also we could’ve bowled in perfect areas, we couldn’t execute our plans but yeah, we need to come back stronger and will take the blow on our chin. They chose the bowlers really well, knew which bowlers they would target and also the way they executed the plans was pretty much amazing. They were really good in shot selections and outplayed us in all the departments. So, kudos to their approach and their mindset. I feel it’s really important that you get off to an amazing start when you are chasing a total in excess of 190, need 50 runs at least in the first 6 overs. Losing two wickets put a lot of pressure on the batsmen coming behind but you can’t give that as a reason. We need to be strong in our mind and play with freedom, not have a survival mindset. We are disappointed with the loss but I’m glad it’s happening at this point of time because there is a lot of learning from this game and when you go back and do your homework again, it’s important that you come up with a fresh mind and see to it that your work is done precisely.
Eoin Morgan | KKR Captain: I have mentioned at the toss as well that we had a nice couple of days to reflect upon things. It is a compact, high intensity tournament and it is easy to get carried away. Sunil Narine coming in and boosting the all-round game has certainly helped. Nitish Rana was superb in helping us to set up the tall score. Not it is all the coach. He likes to play his cards. Full credit to Brendon McCullum. Given the nature of the tournament, most of the run getting happens in the last 10. So we need to have a strong batting order rather than a strong top order only. Varun is such a humble guy. He is someone who works really hard. Of course he has had limited opportunities for various reasons. Today he performed really and collectively in the tournament, he has been superb for us. You want everyone to be authentic and perform to the best of your capabilities.
Varun Chakravarthy is the man of the match.