From sitting at the bottom half of the table after the first leg of IPL 2021, a spirited Kolkata Knight Riders made an incredible turnaround in the second phase and now are gearing up to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator on Monday. The Knights have been in prolific form and skipper Eoin Morgan felt the play-off match would serve them with "another opportunity to progress things further".
"It's been a fantastic turnaround. Our performances have been constantly good. The mood in the camp is quite confident and we are looking forward to Monday's game immensely. It's another opportunity to progress things further," Morgan said in a pre-match press conference on Sunday.
Morgan placed a lot of faith in KKR's top order and also insisted that with the likes of Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana manning the middle order, KKR will adopt a positive approach in dealing with the RCB bowlers.
"If anybody watches the games, you see them (Tripathi and Rana) come out and play a positive role within that period. Both of them have done an incredible job so far and hopefully that will continue for us.
"Our top three batsmen have been in fine form. Given the challenges across three different venues, we have adapted really well throughout the tournament. I think that's one thing we have to do tomorrow (Monday) as well," Morgan pointed.
The skipper also heaped praises on the bowlers, especially Lockie Ferguson and our mystery spin duo - Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine.
"I think there's a lot of talent in the IPL in different teams but certainly when it comes to those two mystery spinners, I think they offer a lot," he said, besides adding, "Lockie has been in fine form throughout the whole year, and nevermind the last three weeks, he has obviously been a big impact bowler. He takes on a lot of responsibility as an overseas player."