Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets in a do-or-die match here at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
With a target of 143, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn opened proceedings for KKR and Narine scored 21 from the first over by K Gowtham. However, he fell in the second ball of the second over by Ben Stokes when he mistimed a short delivery outside off and Gowtham made no mistake in catching it.
Lynn, after the 12th, over decided to cut loose, hitting back to back boundaries, stepping up on the run rate. Andre Russell and captain Dinesh Karthik finished the game in his style by hitting math winning six in over.
The two openers had added 63 off 29 balls setting a solid foundation but RR could not cash in on the opportunity as their batsmen kept on falling like nine pins at both ends of the wicket. Only JD Unadkat, lower down the batting order crossed the 20-run mark.
But there was something more happened in the 18th over of the match which made every one feeling worth coming in Eden to watch this gameplay between KKR & RR. Yes, we are talking about the lightning fast stumping of Dinesh Karthik to send Stuart Binni at a very low score. This whole incident took place in the 11th over when Kuldeep Yadav bluffed Binni with a spontaneous googly delivery, on which Binni thought to hit a boundary and stepped out of the crease. But Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was well prepared for a scenario like this and within the fraction of seconds, Dinesh managed to blow the bails off Of Stuart Binny before he even thinking of coming back into the crease. Everyone was in real shock after watching Karthik’s this lightning-fast stumping and it also raises the questions of comparing Karthik’s this magical performance with the best wicketkeeper Ms Dhoni.
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