Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik blamed Nitish Rana’s ‘silly’ runout for their defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second IPL qualifier.”Robin Uthappa played a poor stroke and I think he will also admit that it was not a great shot at that stage,” Karthik said.
Kolkata went on to lose five wickets in 31 runs with Rashid striking a wicket in each of his remaining three overs to finish with match-winning figures of 3 for 19.
Rashid had earlier contributed with the bat, slamming a quick-fire 10-ball 34 to push Hyderabad to 174/7. The Kolkata skipper, however, said their batsmen have handled the Afghanistan wily spinner reasonably well in the tournament.
“Till now we have actually played him well, during the two times that he has bowled to us, we batted well against him. The whole context of Rashid Khan is the way we approach him, you know in a very positive way, which is good,” Karthik said.
Dinesh Karthik, KKR captain After match : “It’s hard to digest. We played a good tournament, but to finish on the losing side doesn’t feel good. We had the game during the chase, but a couple of bad shots and one run-out changed the course of the game. Me, Nitish and Robin should have finished it off, but me not carrying it through is a mistake on my part. Plenty of positives, youngsters have grabbed their opportunities and done quite well so that’s great for the franchise.”