Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, ran into a bit of decent batting form and saw his team score 149 for 6 but still lose with almost two overs to spare against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday (April 26). He said afterwards that it was Eoin Morgan's innings that made the difference in the end.
"We were on even terms for the longest time but Morgan came in and changed everything," said Gilchrist. "He is a wonderful player and had a great day, 150 was a good target to set. But (Manvinder) Bisla batted beautifully, as did Jacques (Kallis). It was still game on till Morgan came in and took it away from us. Our bowlers have done a good job till tonight and the young guys are developing well."
Things could have been different had Bisla, who scored 51 not out, been caught by Mandeep Singh in the second over and Bhargav Bhatt not grounded an easy chance off Morgan when the batsman was on 29. Morgan hit two sixes after that before being dismissed with Kolkata two runs away from the win.