Ipl 2019: Karthik’s Ruthless 97* Rescues KKR on Hotstar!

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Dinesh Karthik scored a magnificent 97* off 50 balls to help KKR post a total of 175/6 against RR in Match 43 of VIVO IPL 2019.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik would want to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign — dented by five back-to-back losses — back on track when they meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Kolkata on Thursday.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron
For both teams, it will be no less than a do-or-die encounter, if they want to keep their playoffs chances alive. Since Steve Smith’s appointment as captain, RR have played some decent cricket, winning and losing one each, and would want to up the ante even further.

We’ve just witnessed a masterclass from Dinesk Karthik, whose 97* (50) has led his KKR side to a formidable 175/6 off their 20 overs. The innings started brightly for the Royals, as Varun Aaron (2-20 off 4) struck early. But the visitors were sloppy in the field, dropping Andre Russell (14 off 14) twice, before struggling to nail their lengths in the death overs. Nevertheless, it’s a chaseable total at Eden Gardens, especially if you take advantage of the quick outfield in the powerplay.

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