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IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik heartbroken as KKR fail to reach final

India Today logo India Today 26-05-2018 Rajarshi Gupta
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Dinesh Karthik was distraught and heartbroken after Kolkata Knight Riders went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs and failed to reach the final of the 2018 IPL.

Chasing 175, KKR finished with 160/9 off ther 20 overs after a sensational start courtesy of Sunil Narine and Chriss Lynn. At the halfway mark, the Knight Riders were 93/2 and were hot favourites to win the second qualifier.

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However, a dramatic collapse against Rashid Khan and Shakib al Hasan left the lower-order too much to do. Shubman Gill and Piyush Chawla tried heroically but both men fell to Carlos Brathwaite off successive deliveries in the final over to lose any hopes of victory.

Karthik, who led impressively, scored 498 runs and finished games almost at will, failed at the final hurdle. On Friday, when KKR needed another stellar knock from their captain, Karthik was dismissed for 8. He blamed himself, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa for not taking the side home,

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"It (the defeat) is hard to digest. We played a good tournament. To finish on the losing side doesn't feel good. We had the game at the 10-over mark but a couple of bad shots cost us. Me and Robin had to bat through... Lynn was good. Me not batting through was a mistake on my part," Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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Not many had given KKR much of a chance after the player auction. They released Gautam Gambhir, who had won them two titles. Also gone were Umesh Yadav, Shakib, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.

KKR now had to bank on a new captain, new bowlers and a couple of under-19 stars. Gill and Shivam Mavi stepped up beautifully while Prasidh Krishna showed great presence of mind, bowling crucial spells under pressure.

However, it was not enough on the day it mattered. Mavi and Prashidh came under heavy attack from Rashid, who clobbered an unbeaten 34 off 10 balls as SRH came back from a bleak position to post a daunting total.

KKR, though, know they have invested for the future. From what they saw this season, it has been a great investment under a great leader.

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