Karthik took one of the brilliant catch of the tournament in a do-or-die encounter against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Karthik’s effort behind the stumps handed Steve Smith a massive blow as they lost their star opener Ben Stokes very early in the chase of 192 runs.
Stokes who was the hero of Rajasthan’s last two victories against KXIP & Mumbai Indians could score only 18 runs off 11 balls. Pat Cummins bowled round the wicket to left-handed Stokes and it nipped back in just a bit after pitching. Sensing the width on Sensing the width on the ball, Stokes decided to have a wild swing at it but all he managed was a thick outside edge that was flying away from Dinesh Karthik but the former KKR skipper threw himself in the air almost to the first slip position and pulled off a sensational catch, reminding many fans of a catch he took in the slip cordon against South Africa during 2007 World T20.
Mark Nicholas the commentator likened Karthik’s flight to a bird as he said, “He flew as if he was a bird”. Stokes dismissal lifted the enthusiasm of the entire KKR camp which further motivated them to pick up three more wickets in consecutive. Cummins also got rid of RR’s captain Steve Smith on the last delivery of the third over, while Sanju Samson got out in the next over bowled by Shivam Mavi.
Cummins the most expensive overseas player in the history of IPL made a solid comeback by sending Riyan Parag for a duck in his next over leaving RR struggling at 37/5 inside the Power play. Karthik who failed to bat continued his brilliant wicket-keeping behind the stumps taking too more catches to dismiss Samson & Parag