Eoin Morgan takes over KKR captaincy from Karthik

IPL 2020 Points Table Update Royal Challengers Bangalore Climb To Third Spot After Win Over Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL 2020 Points Table Update Royal Challengers Bangalore Climb To Third Spot After Win Over Kolkata Knight Riders

For Karthik, a major problem was constant comparisons with double IPL winning former skipper Gautam Gambhir, who was removed in 2018 after Karthik played that epic 8-ball-29 at the Nidahas Trophy. Morgan was widely tipped to take over at some point from Karthik given the topsy-turvy run.

It is special to win as comprehensively as this when chasing.

"It gives us a lot of confidence", said Sharma of the win.

It is always a challenge when you have won four in four. We turned up really well, and right from ball one we were in their faces. I prefer batting with him (de Kock), he's very straightforward, likes to take on the bowler from the word go - but I usually like to assess the situation.

Pacer Prasidh Krishna (0/30) faced their brunt, conceding three fours in the third over and de Kock followed that up by hammering Cummins (0/28) for two successive fours, both pull shots, in the next. Only five boundaries were hit in the first seven overs.

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Kolkata were 42-3 when Morgan strode to the wicket, which became 42-4 next ball when Mumbai leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2-18) had Karthik bowled on the sweep to tee up a potential hat-trick.

Ironically, wicketkeeper de Kock dropped Pat Cummins in the penultimate over of the Kolkata innings. The flamboyant power-hitter Morgan has etched his name as of the best in the business after he steered the national team to cross the line of much-deserving triumph in the 2019 World Cup.

As Knight Riders' top-order failed badly after newly-appointed skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat first against Rohit Sharma's men, Russell walked early into the middle. Last year, they failed to make the playoffs.

But Mumbai showed it wasnt enough.

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