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IPL 2019: Match 43, KKR vs RR – Twitter Reacts as Dinesh Karthik Guides Kolkata Knight Riders to 175 Runs 

IPL 2019: Match 43, KKR vs RR – Twitter Reacts as Dinesh Karthik Guides Kolkata Knight Riders to 175 Runs
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik registered his highest T20 score of 97* runs to help his side post 175 runs at the end of the first innings against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals skipper Steven Smith won the toss and put host Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first. Both the sides went in with two changes each – Rajasthan Royals brought Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas while Prasidh Krishna and Carlos Brathwaite slotted in Kolkata’s playing XI. Aaron, who is making his debut for Rajasthan bowed a terrific first over and in the process knocked the wicket of Chris Lynn to have the home side at 0 for one.


Shubman Gill – promoted up the order then combined with Nitish Rana to bail the innings. However, Aaron looked like a different bowler altogether and now dismantled the timber of Gill, who once again failed to capitalise on the opportunity. To make things worse, Nitish Rana followed the pack soon as Shreyas Gopal got the better of him caught by Varun Aaron who finds himself involved in everything today. The Rajasthan Royals bowlers did an outstanding job to contain Kolkata Knight Riders to 49 runs in the first ten overs.

However, the home side shifted the gear in the 11th over when Sunil Narine took Gopal for 25 runs. Narine struck three fours and two sixes to take the attack to the opposition before Narine got out while trying for the second run which brought Andre Russell to the crease. Since then, skipper Dinesh Karthik combined well with Andre Russell to post a good total on the scoreboard.


Although Karthik took most of the strike to do the scoring, Russell looked off-colours and failed to get going. His countrymen and debutant Oshane Thomas dismissed Russell while Karthik crossed his half-century from the other end. Carlos Brathwaite also followed the same road bringing Rinku Singh in the middle. However, Karthik kept up the good work to take on the bowlers in the last few overs to help Kolkata Knight Riders post

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