Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan left KKR's fate in the hands of cricketing gods after helping his team keep their slender IPL play-off hopes alive with a resounding 60-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.
Eoin Morgan (68* off 35) and pacer Pat Cummins (4/34) owned the stage with power-packed performances, to completely dismantle the Rajasthan team, who had walked in the match as favorites.
KKR's entry into the playoffs will now depend on the result of the matches between Delhi Capitals (-0.159) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (-0.145) as well as the one where Sunrisers Hyderabad (+0.555) take on defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified.
First, Morgan put on a show in his power-packed 68* off 35 balls with half a dozen sixes apart from five boundaries to help KKR post 191 then Cummins (4/29) produced a deadly opening spell that rattled the Royals and they could only muster 131 for 9.
"I was aware of 111 and the other one was 132. So we have kept the other milestone. I don't think we could have done any more today. Whatever happens from here on is in the hands of cricketing gods. I do watch other cricket provided it doesn't come in the way of family time or golf," Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
"I thought 191 was a par score. I think every batsman who came back said the wicket was beautiful to bat on. And the dew came in much earlier than expected, so no real advantage for them.
"We were out there to play a free-flowing aggressive game anyway. That was the only way. Regardless of the dew. One thing was Dre Russ back in. That takes out conditions from the equation," Morgan added.
"We were prepared to take more risks when we batted. Having spent a bit of time out there in the middle, the hard length was the good length to bowl. Which is what we did. Keep it as simple as possible regardless of how the Royals came at us.
'Winning the game was all about taking early wickets'
Morgan was full of praises for his comeback stars Pat Cummins and Shivam Mavi as he said that winning the game was all about the aggressive mindset and taking early wickets.
"Shivam Mavi coming back was special, and Pat Cummins obviously. Winning the game was all about taking wickets, especially early. So having that aggressive mindset was important for us," Morgan signed off.
KKR finished the league stage with 14 points from 14 games with a net run-rate of -0.214, which currently puts them in fourth spot in the table for a day.