Morgan hopes change of venue will change Kolkata’s fortune

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Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan hopes a change of venue will bring change in fortune for his side who slumped to the bottom of the points table after Saturday’s six-wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Two-time champions Kolkata suffered their fourth defeat in five matches after yet another insipid batting display in Mumbai where they managed 133-9 which Rajasthan chased down with seven balls to spare.

“We were sort of behind the eight ball probably from the get-go,” England’s World Cup-winning captain Morgan told reporters after the loss.

“Rajasthan adapted to the wicket really well and we didn’t…(Kolkata were) about 40 runs short, which is a lot in a T20 game. Too much for our bowlers.”

Kolkata will play their next four games in Ahmedabad and Morgan is optimistic the two-time champions could stage a turnaround.

“Moving forward, and changing venue – we look to Ahmedabad where we have a number of games. Hopefully, a better venue that suits us.”

Morgan’s own form mirrors his team’s batting struggles and the 34-year-old said Kolkata were keen to play their natural attacking game.

“I think the clearer the mind, the easier it is,” says Morgan who was run out for a duck.

“We know the capabilities of our side. There is an element of playing smart cricket and building partnerships within that, but ultimately we want guys to play some free-flowing cricket.”