IPL 2019 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 43: After taking his sweet little time to settle down on a tricky Eden track, Dinesh Karthik batted like a man possessed and single-handedly helped Kolkata Knight Riders to a competitive total of 175/6 in 20 overs versus Rajasthan Royals. Courtesy this knock, Karthik registered his highest-ever score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and resurrected his ordinary campaign in the T20 extravaganza. (SCORECARD)

Karthik’s magnificent unbeaten 97 off just 50 balls pulled the hosts out of a precarious situation and gave them a good score to bowl at. With wickets falling at one end, the 33-year-old held fort and chose the right time to attack the bowlers. On a tough pitch, Karthik hammered seven boundaries and nine huge maximums. He hit second most no. of sixes in an IPL innings v Rajasthan Royals. Also, he became the joint third most to smash 9 sixes in IPL innings for Kolkata. Here’s how the Twitter world reacted to Karthik’s blazing knock at the Eden Gardens:


Earlier, Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata. KKR, who have lost five games in a row, made two changes to the side that lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad, bringing in Prasidh Krishna in place of KC Cariappa while Carlos Brathwaite replaced Harry Gurney.

Bottom-placed Royals, who lost to Delhi Capitals in their last encounter, drafted in Oshane Thomas in place of Ashton Turner with Dhawal Kulkarni making way for Varun Aaron.

Speaking at the toss, Dinesh Karthik said: “It’s got a lot of grass cover on it and it’ll be a great batting wicket. One of the things is to keep right people in the right space. It’s very important that we get the best out of the players who are doing well. Prasidh comes in for KC Cariappa. Brathwaite comes in for Gurney.”

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron