Eoin Morgan on London Spirit’s three-time win over Oval Invincibles: “It’s like an international game that I’ve ever felt at home, anywhere other than India. I love playing games like that. You can learn more about How Good Guys Deal with Pressure »
Last Updated: 04/08/22 11:27 pm
Eoin Morgan said London Spirit’s crunch win over Oval Invincibles was “as close to an international match” as he has been in British domestic cricket.
Morgan’s men edged their London rivals by three runs at the packed Kia Oval on Thursday night, with the Invincibles finishing with 168 from their 100 balls in response to Spirit’s 171 total.
The Invincibles recovered from a 12-4 lead on 17 serves and needed just nine from the last three, only for Spirit’s Jordan Thompson to concede just five more since the time. It was in a fascinating final.
Talk later with Sports skyFormer England white team captain Morgan said: “It feels almost like an international match that I have ever felt at home, anywhere other than India.
“India has the IPL and you have the stress, the pressure of being a player abroad and having to perform otherwise you’re out. But here it’s close to international cricket.
“Thompson is under such pressure – it’s great for England cricket to be playing in such circumstances and to have a full home.
“I love playing games like that. You can learn more about how well your boys and the opposition deal with pressure.
“Anyone can beat yorkers or hit six balls down the park with no pressure but in moments like these you see who can stand up.”
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A Spirit win looked nailed with the Invincibles claiming 48 from the last 15 balls but Danny Briggs (29 didn’t eat 11) and Sunil Narine (9no) ensured a rumbling finish in south London .
Kevin Pietersen, who is commenting for Sky Sports, said: “It’s animated as if I’ve been in a commentary booth for a long time.
“It’s a unique atmosphere and the young players have been able to give on that stage. That’s when you see the real successes of a player. These tournaments give players in the competition. opportunistic country.
“It’s best if you can get to the top of the game. It closes the gap. If you perform at this stage, you can go ahead and get ahead. [in international cricket]. “
Spirit was coached by Shane Warne last season and the Australian great will return to the campaign before his death aged 52 in March.
Pietersen said that Warne would enjoy a thrilling game like Spirit vs Invincibles and hopes Morgan’s team can do well with the campaign as a tribute to the legendary foot spinner.
Pietersen added: “Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come. Rajasthan Royals has almost brought the IPL trophy home for him this season.
“It’s sad that the great lad wasn’t around to see this. Spirit played with his spirit with the calm Morgan, calmly sealing the deal under pressure in front of a spectacular crowd. The King will be very pleased. I love sitting there.”
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