Despite a phenomenal batting performance against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the Kolkata Knight Riders lost the game after rain played the spoilsport. The match was stopped for quite a long time and after it stopped raining, the Duckworth-Lewis rule was implemented. Subsequently, the score was revised for KXIP. They already had a fiery start as Chris Gayle and KL Rahul opened with all their guns ablaze. After the revision of scores, they needed 125 in 13 overs which meant they needed 29 runs for victory off 28 balls.
KXIP chased it down with 11 balls to spare as Gayle remained unbeaten on 62 off 38 balls and Rahul had scored a 27-ball 60. After losing the game, Karthik seemed a bit disappointed and suggested that instead of the DL method, V Jaydevan (VJD) rule should be implemented in these cases. He said,
“I have always thought that the VJD is an Indian method and it’s an Indian domestic tournament, why not think about it in the future? It’s been proven that it’s a really good method, we have used in domestic tournaments. Only for IPL, we use D/L. Why not think about VJD here and promote it?”
Further speaking on this matter Karthik added,
“It is interesting that at the stage rain stopped play, they needed about eight runs an over but after the D/L method, they come back and they need six runs an over, a run-a-ball. Ideally, if it would have been a 20-over game, they would have needed eight an over. If we could have got two quick wickets, the run rate would have kept going up. Suddenly after rain, they needed run-a-ball. I didn’t understand that bit but I am sure people (calculating) Duckworth-Lewis is trying to figure out what it is,” the newly-appointed captain added.
KKR scored just 45 runs in the last five overs of their innings after Lynn was dismissed in the 16th over.
Karthik admitted they were 10-12 runs short but maintained it was a par total and their bowlers failed in the face of Gayle-Rahul onslaught. KKR next take on Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 27.