After two consecutive defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp was in low in confidence and the impact of two defeats was such that Shahrukh Khan (SRK), co-owner of KKR, apologised to fans for team’s defeat. Captain Dinesh Karthik had a tough job in hand to recuperate team’s confidence and now with two consecutive wins against Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, everything seems to fine for KKR.
The team defeated Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday and climbed to third place on the IPL 2018 points table. They now have seven wins from 13 games with 14 points in their account. A win in the next tie will assure them a place in playoffs while even a defeat can see them playing next stage of the tournament but with permutations and combinations working for them. For now, KKR can take a sigh of relief before they play next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
KKR’s camp was over the moon after posting a win over Rajasthan Royals, which was reflective from the happy faces at Eden Gardens. The co-owner of the team was also happy with the team’s performance and SRK posted a tweet in appreciation of captain Dinesh Karthik and other players. “And smiles to go…and keep from @DineshKarthik to me. Well done @imkuldeep18 with ball & interviews. @lynny50 who is getting sane! @prasidh43 @ShivamMavi23 & @SunilPNarine74 is Sunil!,” SRK wrote on Twitter.
And smiles to go…and keep from @DineshKarthik to me. Well done @imkuldeep18 with ball & interviews. @lynny50 who is getting sane! @prasidh43 @ShivamMavi23 & @SunilPNarine74 is Sunil! pic.twitter.com/UnCsvZbuqZ
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 15, 2018
It was a much-needed win for the two-time champions to keep themselves alive in the race of making it to the next round of IPL 2018. At one stage, it looked like Rajasthan Royals might post a total in above of 200 as they started off well and had crossed 50-run mark even before the completion of four overs.
The home team bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav, made a strong comeback and stuttered RR’s growth. They were dismissed on a score of 142, which KKR chased down at the loss of four wickets, with two overs still to be bowled.