IPL: England skipper Eoin Morgan run out for diamond duck as Kolkata Knight Riders crushed by Rajasthan Royals

England captain Eoin Morgan had the misfortune of scoring a diamond duck - run out without facing a ball - in the Indian Premier League, as his Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to a six-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai.

As Morgan lost the toss and saw his side sent in to bat first, the England captain strode to the wicket with his side in a spot of bother at 54/3 at the end of the 10th over.

But despite some lusty blows from Rahul Tripathi, who top-scored with 36, Morgan's evening was about to get a whole lot worse.

Standing at the non-striker's end, Morgan got in the way of a Tripathi straight drive, that deflected off his bat and straight to the bowler, South Africa's Chris Morris.

Well short of his ground, Morgan was run out by metres, having to trudge off for a duck without even taking his guard. 

Regular wickets restricted the Knight Riders to 133/9 from their 20 overs - a target the Royals had no issue chasing down. Morris added to his run out with four wickets, finishing as the pick of the bowlers with 4/23 from his four overs.

An unbeaten 42 from Royals captain Sanju Samson and 24 not out to South Africa's David Miller assured Rajasthan got home with six wickets, and seven balls to spare.

Rajasthan lift into sixth on the IPL ladder following the win, outside of the play-off zone on net run rate. The Knight Riders - coached by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum - sit last with only one win from their opening five matches.

Kolkata's latest defeat could see them opt for changes in their next outing, against Punjab Kings on Tuesday (NZ time) - with Blackcaps duo Lockie Ferguson and Tim Seifert both waiting in the wings.