In the 45th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Punjab Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets. After this defeat for KKR, the chances of reaching the playoffs have become very tough. After defeating KKR, Punjab Kings have reached the fifth position in the points table of IPL 14. At the same time, KKR is in fourth place but its net run rate has dropped. Captain Eoin Morgan looked very disappointed with KKR’s defeat. He told that due to which big mistake his team got defeated.
Eoin Morgan said after the match, ‘We didn’t field so well in the beginning. We dropped catches and that included me, which cost us dearly. When the game gets tough at the end, taking a few more wickets would have helped us. I thought equally we worked hard, batted really well and probably scored a level. It was not a winning score on this wicket but I think the bowlers did a good job. Punjab Kings played well and then we came back in the game. We paid the price for dropping the catch.
He further said that in real time, I felt that the catch that Rahul Tripathi had caught was justified. But when you slow him down, the third umpire has given another verdict. But it would have been nice if we had got that wicket. I think everyone had a hard time getting started. Because it was not a good wicket in the beginning. But despite being strong after 13-14 overs, could not take advantage of that platform. We played some great cricket in the second half and we have some positives to take from tonight. With two more matches left, we will fight hard and hopefully get better results and reach the playoffs.