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IPL Staff in Kolkata 13 April 2013 - 10:33pm IST

We will bounce back: Morgan

Team not affected by two consecutive losses, insists Morgan

The Kolkata Knight Riders started off their IPL campaign with a bang, winning against the Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. But in the two games that followed, the Knights have barely got going. They failed to chase 145 against the Rajasthan Royals and in the next game were blown away by the Gayle storm as they suffered an eight wicket loss on Thursday.

Now they face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, and will be hoping for a change in fortunes at their home ground. “Twenty20 is a funny game.” Eoin Morgan said as he addressed the press in Kolkata. 

“We could have easily won the game in Rajasthan; we underperformed. Again it was the same thing in Bangalore; we did not score upfront to start with and then Gayle got going. The momentum is against us at the moment but tomorrow at our home ground we’ll try and produce our own skills, try and concentrate on our own things and on what we do best. Hopefully we can produce a win,” he added

Morgan also looked at thinking about the positives rather than dwelling on the back to back losses. “Sunil Narine bowled particularly well in both games, which is a huge positive because he is a huge match-winner, especially at home. It is always good to see your main players doing well, even when the team is not doing well. As it happens in winning teams, the most experienced players lead from the front and others fall in behind. Hopefully that will start tomorrow.”

On a personal front, Morgan has scored 67 runs in the three matches he has been a part of. He scored a half century against the Rajasthan Royals in the KKR run chase, but failed to take his side home. The left handed batsman was happy with his form so far in the tournament.

“Against the Rajasthan Royals, during the run chase, we were looking for boundaries all the time. It so happened that we lost wickets continuously which was very disappointing. On another day, the ball might clear the rope, or bounce for four runs. But, of course, we have to be better tomorrow. I feel I am in form; I have been striking the ball well.”

When asked if there was the threat of Dale Steyn looming large in the dressing room, Morgan said, “He is bowling particularly well at the moment. But I don’t see the pitch suiting him here; I do not think he played here last year. I will be surprised if he plays tomorrow.”

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