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Dinesh Karthik says difficult for players to perform immediately ‘after quarantine ends’

Kolkata Knight Riders suffered their 20th loss in 26 games against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as they suffered a 49-run loss in the IPL 2020 clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 80 and all-round bowling performance from the Mumbai Indians’ bowlers helped the side end their six-game losing streak in the UAE. Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, looked rusty as they struggled to get going.

Two players, in particular, Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins seemed to struggle a lot more than the others. Cummins conceded 49 runs in three overs and there were many people on social media who were trolling Cummins for the price tag at which he was bought. Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper, scored 16 off 20 balls in a big chase and the pressure saw Kolkata Knight Riders collapse.

Speaking after the end of the match, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik did not want to get too harsh on the players. “I think we had areas to do well in bat and ball. I think it was a pretty rusty day to be honest, I don’t want to get too analytical about it but it’s ok the boys realize where they could have done better. A couple of the guys – Cummins and Morgan – just finished their quarantine today, it is hard – playing in the heat and getting used to the conditions. Don’t want to be too analytical,” Karthik said.