After the comprehensive nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan said that Venkatesh Iyer’s knock signified the brand of cricket his team wants to play in upcoming matches.

Getting his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut the left-hand batsman from Madhya Pradesh scored an unbeaten 27-ball 41 to take his side home.

“Venkatesh Iyer, the way he came in and played was outstanding. Certainly, the brand of cricket we want to play. Playing under head coach Brendon McCullum, this is the aggressive nature of cricket we want to play,” Morgan said during a virtual post-match press conference.

“Although he was aggressive, he managed to control his innings. His opening partnership with Shubman Gill was beautiful to watch,” he added.

Varun Chakravarthy 3/13 and Andre Russell 3/9 picked up three wickets apiece to help KKR bowl RCB out for a paltry 92. Even though the pitch was pacer friendly, Morgan praised the way Chakravarthy bowled.

“Yeah, I think the match-ups with Andre Russell really worked. The pitch the way it played throughout the whole innings was more seamer-friendly even though Varun had an unbelievable day. I thought the pitch assisted the seamers with big size boundaries,” Morgan said.

The England white-ball captain is confident that if KKR plays the way they did against RCB they will progress to the playoffs. “Yeah, there is no doubt that it will be a challenge from here onwards, but our main aim is to turn up and play cricket as we did with RCB. If we do that, then we give ourselves the best chance of progressing to the playoffs,” he added.

KKR jump up to a fifth-place with this win and will play Mumbai Indians (MI) next Thursday.

 

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