It’s a good win for the Royals this. They came in here after a proper hammering by RCB, but have turned things around really well. A performance like this was desperately needed to lift a camp that’s been bogged down by losing key players to injuries. KKR haven’t had much joy in this tournament either and there’s lot more to worry about now for Morgan and Co after a dismal outing today. Brendon McCullum said it – the intent was missing with the bat at the start. Their powerplay lethargy set the tone for an innings where the run rate only climbed over six in the 15th over. Russell was still waiting for his turn till then. And when he didn’t provide the big finish, the writing was on the wall. The pitch wasn’t the belter that we’ve seen at the Wankhede. It was slower and the ball was gripping. But 133 is asking too much of the bowlers here. Another pleasing aspect for RR will be their skipper showing the maturity in guiding them home. Now for him to take it forward and show more consistency.
Eoin Morgan: The batting let us down. We lacked a lot of intent throughout the whole innings. We were behind the game right from the get-go. Didn’t put the bowlers under enough pressure. RR adapted to the pitch much better. We were probably 40 short which is a lot in a T20 game. The wicket today wasn’t as good as it has been here at the Wankhede and that was a challenge in itself. Every time we tried taking an attacking option, we lost a wicket. Left us a lot to do at the back end, which we didn’t obviously do. Clearer the mind, the easier it is (to play with intent). We want guys to play free-flowing cricket. It wasn’t there today unfortunately.
Sanju Samson: Our bowlers have been doing really well for the last 4-5 matches. There are many options for me to juggle around. Really enjoy captaining them. You could see in his eyes he wanted the competition. He wanted to get the big batsmen out (Morris). Situation of the match demands the way I play. That’s what I’ve learnt from previous years. Even if you bat and score a quick fifty you feel bad if the team doesn’t win. Sakariya is a very different kind of person. Very happy going, very chilled out. Same person inside and outside the ground. Hopefully he will win us more matches in the future. Need to chill down a bit. Have been playing continuous matches from last week. Will take a day off and plan for the next game.
Chris Morris is the player of the match.