[caption id="attachment_703192" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Nitish-Rana-and-Dinesh-Karthik.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-703192" alt="Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2018, KKR, RR" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Nitish-Rana-and-Dinesh-Karthik.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders/">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) cruised to the No.1 spot in the<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League"> VIVO IPL 2018 </a>points table with a 7-wicket win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rajasthan-royals">Rajasthan Royals</a> (RR) in Match 15 of the tournament. It was once again <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nitish-rana/">Nitish Rana</a>, who starred for KKR and claimed consecutive Man of the Match awards. The team skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a>, who coped criticism after consecutive defeats against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/chennai-super-kings">Chennai Super Kings</a> (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) last week, believes there are still areas of improvement. <p></p> <p></p>Karthik had a good game. He pulled off a stunning stumping of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-rahane/">Ajinkya Rahane </a> and later was involved in a decisive 61-run stand of 38 balls. He belted a 23-ball 42 and finished the game with a six. He credited Robin Uthappa for setting the tone with his 48. <p></p> <p></p>"Feels good to get two wins on the trot. Slowly things are going in a good direction. Just feel that the wrist-spinners are a little harder to pick. For the fast bowlers, it could come onto the bat. So it makes sense to go with spinners at the top. Spinners did a good job for us. The way Robin (Uthappa) batted was fantastic. He set the tone for us," said Karthik at the post-match presentation. <p></p> <p></p>Lauding Nitish, Karthik added, Nitish is getting used to that role where he's coming not out which is good to see. It is a long tournament and consistency is the key. He is a good player. Last year he did well for MI (Mumbai Indians). And now he's come to KKR. He's got a couple of rough ones, got a couple of good catches taken off him." <p></p> <p></p>Karthik believes the side still has room for improvement, especially with fielding and pace bowling. <p></p> <p></p>KKR play Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) next at Eden Gardens on Saturday.