Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan admitted that he should have chosen to bowl first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium after their disastrous night out against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan admitted that they should have bowled first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after a humiliating defeat of eight wickets against Virat Kohli’s team

Bangalore on Wednesday restricted KKR to an embarrassing total of 84/8, the lowest ever in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after batting 20 overs. RCB reached the total with eight wickets and more than six overs to spare.

“Being four-five down early on isn’t the position we wanted to be in. RCB bowled well, and probably looking at the conditions, we should have bowled first,” said Morgan.

“They managed to exploit anything that was on offer and given the nature of the tournament, every time you have to be at your best against every team,” he added.

KKR were without the services of West Indies duo Andre Russell and Sunil Narine and Morgan said that the absence of two players of their stature had an effect on the team.

“Hopefully they (Narine and Russell) will be available round the corner. We know when guys of that calibre, particularly all-rounders, are available, things will be different. Hopefully they will be available soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the contest between RCB and KKR, one of the most sought-after rivalries in IPL, was a completely one-sided affair on Wednesday, thanks to the Bangalore bowlers.

The bowlers wreaked havoc as they restricted KKR to a paltry total, courtesy Siraj (4-2-8-3) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/15) who stunned the opposition with some top-quality swing and spin bowing at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.