kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan lauded his team despite a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, saying KKR played really well and every player gave the match their everything. Morgan pointed out that they have got one more group game left and he was looking forward to the next match against Rajasthan Royals.
Nitish Rana’s 87 and a late burst helped Kolkata Knight Riders get to 172 for five against Chennai Super Kings but KKR’s play-offs hopes took a hit after CSK rode on a special fifty from Ruturaj Gaikwad and a vintage Ravindra Jadeja cameo to gun down a 173-run target in the last-ball thriller.
“I think we played really well there, just on the wrong side of the toss. The dew from about the 8th over was really challenging. We improved on our batting (as compared to the previous games),” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation.
“Our bowlers absolutely gave it their everything. We have one game left and still have a very little chance. We felt we were right in the game (at the halfway stage).
Morgan was full of praises for Nitish Rana, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine after three KKR stars nearly sealed a much-needed win for their team only for a vintage Ravindra Jadeja cameo to spoil their party.
“Nitish Rana kicked on and showed his class once again. It was actually a good day for us with the bat. They (Narine and Varun) are two fantastic spinners. I can’t fault anyone’s effort tonight. He (Nagarkoti) didn’t have enough runs to defend. He’s a young guy, he will take it on the chin and move forward. Looking forward to the next game against Royals,” Morgan added.