So that’s fifth straight win for KXIP after the disastrous first half of IPL. That is some recovery and kudos to the whole team and staff. They have batted bowled and fielded well from their opponents and more importantly that hunger for win can now be seen in their execution. This game was probably the first of their wins that didn’t go down to the wire , KXIP won this easily as they outplayed their opposition first restricting them to a below par score with thee help of timely wickets and then chasing down that total without much help of KL Rahul, Welldone KXIP. KKR were off to a disastrous start as Mohammad Shami caused havoc on KKR top order and reduced them to 10/3. Morgan and Shubman Gill did some recovery but timely wickets saw that they didn’t get to a defendable total. Again KKR poor batting was in the spotlight and now KXIP have taken the 4th spot in the points table true to a better run rate. Now the upcoming games become much more interesting to see who seals the spot in the top 4 for the playoff.
Eoin Morgan, losing captain: Particularly here at Sharjah, you have to counterattack if you lose early wickets, and identify the wicket early. Disappointed with the partnerships, thought we could have scored more (runs). When we were three down, we wanted a partnership going. Around 180-190 would have been a good score, but we kept losing wickets. That’s one of the challenges this year, going from ground to ground. Hopefully we adjust to the conditions in Dubai. That’s the nature of the tournament, there are not many bad sides. Our fate is in our own hands in the last two games. I think Gill scoring runs and restricting the Kings till the 11th or 12th over, those were the positives.
KL Rahul | Winning captain: We decided to play positive cricket. We believed that things can turn around. A complete team performance. Batting looking good, bowling looking good, fielding has always been good. With the bubble, you don’t have your closed ones. The way he (Mandeep) played, it makes everyone emotional. When you have Anil Kumble as the coach, it’s not surprising that we have two leg-spinners. Complete team effort, a lot of credit has go to the coaches. It was a very hard decision not to play him (Chris). This is the hungriest I have ever seen him. He’s always positive, pushing the youngsters. We have Chris in the dressing room. Just his presence means a lot to us. When we started five games ago, we knew we had to win all the games. One game at a time, keep the confidence going and keep the energy going.
Chris Gayle is the man of the match.