After Kolkata Knight Riders thrilling 2-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday (October 10), skipper Dinesh Karthik credited his facet’s head coach Brendon McCullum for encouraging him to bat higher-up the order. KKR administration’s decision to ship Karthik up the order paid dividends as he scored a rapid-fire 58 ( off 29 balls; 4×8, 6×2) which set the tone for his facet’s eventual victory.
Taking to broadcaster Star Sports post-match, Karthik stated: “McCullum has been encouraging me to bat higher, though I always feel I bat better somewhere in the middle. We have had these conversations, but at the end, I give him the credit for keeping me in a place where I can contribute to the team`s success.”
Karthik was additionally awarded the man of the match for his knock.
KKR received the toss and skipper Dinesh Karthik opted to bat first. Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana had been despatched to the pavilion early with KXIP seamers bowling some tight traces. Shubman Gill (57 off 47 balls; 4×5) performed a composed innings and engaged in a gradual partnership with Eoin Morgan (24 off 23 balls; 4×2, 6×1) to rebuild the innings.
Morgan’s departure introduced skipper Dinesh Karthik to the crease. Karthik, obtained into the act straightaway and timed the ball superbly – All KXIP bowlers had been taken to the cleaners as Karthik raced away to his fifty in simply 22 balls. He engaged in a fast 82-run stand with Shubman Gill, which set the tone for his facet’s aggressive whole on a sluggish pitch in Abu Dhabi.
Karthik completed his innings at 58 (off 29 balls; 4×8, 6×2) and powered KKR to a aggressive 164/6.
Chasing a below-par 164, Kings XI had been cruising in the direction of victory at 115/zero from 14.1 overs, however performed into KKR’s palms and couldn’t get the job carried out. It was an absolute tank job from KXIP which handed the win to KKR. KXIP thus misplaced their fifth sport on the trot and it might now take an absolute miracle for them to get a stake in the playoffs.
KKR will subsequent lock horns with RCB on Monday, October 12.