Jacques Kallis, Dinesh Karthik, IP 2018
Dinesh Karthik (left) and Jacques Kallis © AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) jumped to the top spot in the points table of VIVO IPL 2018 after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Jaipur in the Match 15. KKR coach, Jacques Kallis, is happy with his side’s overall performance. Skipper Dinesh Karthik had a good game. Not only he effected a brilliant stumping to send back the dangerous looking Ajinkya Rahane but also smacked a quick-fire 43 not out to ensure the win.

Karthik, replacing the massive boots of Gautam Gambhir as KKR’s captain, has coped criticism for some of the decisions that he has taken. However, with the side at the top of the table, Kallis backed Karthik and hailed his understanding of the game.

“DK is a very experienced played and he brings his experience to his captaincy. He controls the guys pretty well. He has a good cricket brain on him and hopefully he will carry the squad forward for a good year,” Kallis was quoted in a KKR video.

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KKR will host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Saturday at Eden Gardens. Currently, they have won 3 out of their 5 matches and have 6 points.