Dinesh Karthik rues dropped catches after KKR slump to 102-run defeat

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were absolutely decimated by Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday slumping to 102-run loss and falling out of the top four in the points table.KKR captain Dinesh Karthik accepted that there were too many runs on the board and rued the dropped catches that eventually cost them the match.Evin Lewis was dropped by Kuldeep Yadav early on even though he was dismissed in just the next over. Nitish Rana dropped Rohit Sharma at just one run in the 12th over and that proved to be fatal as the captain went on to score 36 runs, hitting two boundaries and a six.”200 is always a big ask. We didn’t bat well enough. If we had held on to our catches, you never know. It was a good batting wicket,” Karthik said after the match.Also read – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: Ishan Kishan lifts Mumbai to 4th on points tableKarthik admitted that the loss of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn within the powerplay pegged KKR back immensely as they were chasing a humungous total.”When you lose wickets in the powerplay, you are always playing catch up. We weren’t in the game after the powerplay,” Karthik added.Despite the huge loss and disappointment, Karthik asked his men to lift up their spirits and better their game. He said such losses can affect the team’s morale and here is exactly where he as a leader would like to come into play.advertisementSee Photos – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: MI inflict 102-run loss on KKR”We just took it as a normal game. Chin up for the boys and keeping moving forward. We need to rise our skill levels and that is the most important thing. This kind of losses can put you down and that is where I as a leader need to stand up. Be honest about it. We need to believe and I have to make them believe we can make it to the playoffs,” Karthik concluded.Ishan Kishan proved to be the major difference between the two sides as the youngster smacked a 21-ball 62 to propel MI to 210/6.Also read – Shah Rukh Khan returns from Sonam Kapoor’s wedding to cheer for KKRMI were cautious and struggling early on and even lost their openers Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. However, after a first-ball jitter, Kishan smashed every other ball to the ropes and batted life into the MI innings.In his 82-run partnership with captain Rohit Sharma, the latter’s contribution was a mere 20 runs as the 19-year-old on the other side of the pitch hit the balls away with utmost ease.At the death, a brilliant cameo of 24 off 9 deliveries by Ben Cutting set things up for MI brilliantly and from there, the bowlers took the initiative and silenced the Eden Gardens crowd.None of the KKR batsmen could hold on and play the required innings as regular wickets from MI meant Kolkata were chasing the game throughout.Two crucial runs outs of Chris Lynn and Karthik put MI in absolute control from where, KKR only played for a better Net Run Rate (NRR).However, others failed to step up when required and eventually KKR slipped to the fifth place while MI rose to the fourth spot in the points table.last_img read more