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Our deep batting line-up is one of our strengths: Eoin Morgan

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai witnessed one of the most thrilling encounters of this edition of the Indian Premier League where the Chennai Super Kings edged past the Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in a cliffhanger on Wednesday.

Chasing 221 for the win, the boys in Purple and Gold made a horrendous start by losing five wickets for 31 runs inside the field restrictions. However, what followed later was one of the most spirited comebacks in the history of the sport as Andre Russell (54), along with Dinesh Karthik (40) and Pat Cummins (66), managed to get the team agonisingly close to the finish line.

Reflecting on the game and the fight shown by the middle order, skipper Eoin Morgan said he was proud of the performance put up by the team after being down and out at one stage in the run chase.

"I think when you are 31 for 5, you worry about the result of the game and actually try and find a solution to put yourself in a winning position. I think Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell did that; their partnership really did turn momentum and fortune our way. You know, considering the really bad start that we had, it really did flip things right in our favour,” he said.

Despite the loss of wickets upfront, the side looked in control of the required run rate all through the innings. "Throughout the whole innings, we were up with where CSK were in the position in the first innings. But obviously, having made those five mistakes earlier did cost us. I think we have to be proud of getting so close and actually putting ourselves in a winning position, particularly Pat Cummins, towards the end playing beautifully," he added. 

While there has been plenty of talks in regards to the value of wickets in the shortest format, the skipper offered his insights saying, "I think the only thing that matters in T20 cricket is you have 120 balls per innings to make an influence on the game, and today reflects that. We have a very deep batting line up, and that is one of our strengths. We have a lot of experience in that middle and lower-middle order, and today we saw that."

Inspite of having a lean run in the first four games, the southpaw remains a vital cog in the batting unit of the side and is confident about his return of scoring big runs for the side.

"Everything is about the process. The process, by the way, I am going about things is extremely positive. I have been here a long time now, obviously being here on international duty for a month pre IPL, and I have been practising well, and it is a matter of time before something comes together," he said.