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IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik takes a spectacular running catch to dismiss de Kock - Watch

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik’s spectacular running catch was the only bright spot in Knight Rider’s dismal show against MI on Sunday.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2019 14:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dinesh Karthik takes a brilliant running catch during the MI vs KKR IPL game in Mumbai.
Dinesh Karthik takes a brilliant running catch during the MI vs KKR IPL game in Mumbai.(Screen Grab)

Kolkata Knight Riders were on Sunday knocked out of IPL 2019 after suffering a crushing 9-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was once again criticized for his decision to send Robin Uthappa at No. 3, who wasted a lot of deliveries and in the end KKR failed to put up a good score on board. But Karthik was spectacular behind stumps on Sunday evening. In fact, he took one of the best catches of the season to dismiss Quinton de Kock.

In the 7th over of the MI chase, de Kock was surprised by a Prasidh Krishna bouncer. He tried to pull it towards the mid-wicket region but ended up getting a top edge. The ball, at first appeared to be landing on man’s land but Karthik had other ideas. He ran backwards, some 30 yards and took a diving catch almost near the fine-leg fielder to send de Kock back. 

Karthik’s spectacular running catch was the only bright spot in KKR’s dismal show against MI.

On his running catch to dismiss MI opener Quinton de Kock, he said, “It’s all about attitude and the will to win, I just had to go for that catch. But unfortunately, things didn’t go out way. 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,” said Karthik. 

Mumbai seamers Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya pulled Kolkata back from a brisk start to restrict them to a meagre 133 for seven after captain Rohit Sharma had won the toss and opted to field in the last league stage match.

Malinga picked up three for 35 while Bumrah and Pandya took two wickets apiece as Dinesh Karthik’s men wilted after Australian Chris Lynn, who made 41 off 29 balls, had helped them to 49 for the opening wicket in the first six overs.

Pandya’s brother Krunal was wicketless for Mumbai but tied a knot around Kolkata’s batsmen with his left-arm spin, giving away only 14 runs off his four overs.

The total was never likely to challenge Mumbai at their home Wankhede Stadium and Rohit stubbed out any remaining hopes for Kolkata, who needed a win to overtake Hyderabad for the fourth playoff spot, with an unbeaten 55.

The win, which came with almost four overs to spare, took Mumbai to the top of the standings with 18 points and set up a mouth-watering clash on Tuesday against champions Chennai Super Kings for a spot in Sunday’s final.

(with agency inputs)

First Published: May 06, 2019 12:50 IST

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