IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik Vouches to Comeback Stronger in the Next Edition
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lagged in the race for a playoff berth losing to Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Following their dismal run, Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik vouched to come back stronger in the next edition of the IPL.
Batting first, Kolkata managed to post only 130 runs on a good batting wicket. The visiting side lost the momentum soon after the powerplays and lacked partnerships. Although Chris Lynn played his shots, a middle-order collapse and sluggish knock from Robin Uthappa didn’t help their cause. Also, the dismissal of Andre Russell for a duck made things worse for them.
Mumbai Indians chased down the target with 23 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav fine-tuned their touch ahead of the crucial playoff games. While Rohit remained unbeaten on 55 runs, Suryakumar chipped in with 47 runs to secure a nine-wicket victory at the home ground.
Dinesh Karthik, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, admitted that they didn’t found the momentum going. He also added that the wicket was not easy to bat on earlier; however, it eased out as the game progressed. Karthik also credited the Mumbai Indians bowlers for utilising the situations well.
“We didn’t find momentum after the 6-over mark while batting and the regular wickets didn’t help either. We simply didn’t get going. When we (KKR) batted, the wicket wasn’t easy for stroke-making and the ball was certainly stopping a bit. The Mumbai bowlers were good at bowling cutters and they exploited that extremely well. The dew in the second innings made batting easier slightly, but that’s not an excuse,” Karthik said.
Meanwhile, this is the first match of the season, Andre Russell has failed to contribute to the team’s cause. He got out for a duck and the outcome of the game, how much Kolkata Knight Riders depended on him. Dinesh Karthik said it is not right to expect Russell to step up every time. In conclusion, he said that there are many areas they need to ponder on ahead of the next season and promised to come back stronger.
“There was an opportunity to bat up the order for Andre Russell, but expecting him to deliver every time is unfair and he has been fantastic throughout the tournament for us. Not our best season, there are a lot of areas for us to improve on, and I’m sure we will come back stronger next year,” Karthik concluded.
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