Karthik: 'KKR still has great chance to make IPL playoffs'

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will hope for a turnaround when they host Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 41 match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Now MI won the match by 102 runs.

Earlier Kishan faced just 21 balls for his 64 studded with 5 fours and 6 sixes.

Krunal Pandya and his brother Hardik returned with figures of 2/12 and 2/16 respectively while all the other five MI bowlers took a wicket each.

KKR slipped a rung to the fifth spot after a crushing 102-run defeat to MI at the Eden Gardens, here, on Wednesday night, days after MI continued its dominance over the purple brigade with a 13-run triumph at home.

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With the win on Sunday, MI extended their domination over KKR to 17 wins in 22 matches played overall between the two sides.

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Dinesh Karthik couldn't hide his disappointment in the wake of Kolkata Knight Riders' humiliating loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians but he remained confident that his side would make it to the playoffs. KKR needed to score at a required run rate of more than 10.50 to win the match. Batsmen found it hard to play him and hence couldn't attack him for runs as well.

It was wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan who was the game changer for the Indians in their innings.

Picked up by MI for Rs 6.20 crore after an intense bidding with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Jharkhand wicketkeeper batsman struggled initially with three ducks, forcing his team management to drop him down in the batting order from no. 3 to 4. "Also for Ben Cutting to come out and finish on a high, he hasn't got a lot of opportunities, but he backed himself to do that", said MI's skipper Rohit Sharma after the match. Hitting wasn't easy, the ball was sticking in.

Mumbai were powered by Ishan Kishan's blazing half-century before their bowlers applied an age-old tactic of bowling short to dismember the KKR batting line-up.

Sunil Narine was out just after 2 balls to McClenaghan and KKR were 4-1.

The pressure was mounting and Suryakumar Yadav fell prey to it losing his wicket while trying a pull shot. He dismissed Russell in the eight over before returning for the 10 and effecting the run out of Karthik and scalping Rana off just the first two deliveries.

  • Rita Burton