Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during his side's Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 clash against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday evening. This was KKR's first offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences.
Eoin Morgan's men lost the thrilling match by 18 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Andre Russell's carnage and Pat Cummins' blitzkrieg at the death went in vain as CSK registered their third successive win of the tournament. While Russell smashed 54 from 22, Cummins finished with a 34-ball 66 in a difficult run-chase. Earlier, pacer Deepak Chahar had triggered KKR's batting collapse as they reeled at 31/5 in the PowerPlay itself.
'What a hell of a game of cricket'
After the nerve-wracking game, Eoin Morgan expressed his amazement in the post-match interaction. "It's (pulse) quite high at the moment. What a hell of a game of cricket. Certainly from the position we were in after our powerplay, we probably didn't think we'd get as close as we did," Morgan said.
Morgan praises KKR's middle and lower order batsmen
The KKR skipper heaped praise on his team's middle and lower order batsmen for showing fighting spirit against the Super Kings bowling attack. "Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik really did put a partnership together. Following that, Pat Cummins the way he played really gave us every chance towards the end. Tremendous fight from our middle and lower order which is all you can ask for when you lose wickets upfront like that," he said.