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KKR hope to regain momentum against Sunrisers


Kolkata: Conceding that momentum was not with them after two consecutive losses, defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hope to turn things around in their next encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunday.

“It’s pretty difficult; the momentum is not with us at the moment. We obviously take a bit of confidence from what we did last year. We were in a similar position after getting off to a slow start but turned it around. Hopefully, we’ll do the same again tomorrow,” KKR batsman Eoin Morgan told mediapersons here Saturday.

Starting the tournament on a winning note, the title holders suffered two back-to-back losses against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“Twenty20 is a funny game. We could have easily won both our matches against Rajasthan and Royal Challengers,” said Morgan, who is hoping for a good show from fit-again explosive batsman Brendon McCullum. The New Zealander missed the initial matches due to injury.

Observing that the Eden Gardens pitch will suit spinners, Morgan said the team was looking to offie Sunil Narine for another stellar show. Narine, who played a crucial role in KKR winning their maiden title last year claiming 24 wickets, has been in top form taking six scalps from three matches so far.

Morgan also had a word of caution for his teammates against rival fast bowler Dale Steyn. “Steyn is a world class bowler and is particularly bowling well at the moment,” said Morgan.