Dinesh Karthik, Indian Premier League, IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
With the win, the Royals moved up one place to seventh with eight points from 11 matches, the same as KKR, who remained at sixth spot, from the same number of matches. @ BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders succumbed to their sixth straight defeat following a sensational three-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Chasing 176 that came on the back of a brilliant 97 not out by KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, RR were helped to the target by 17-year-old Riyan Parag (47) and Jofra Archer, who bids adieu to the IPL this edition along with Ben Stokes.

With the win, the Royals moved up one place to seventh with eight points from 11 matches, the same as KKR, who remained at sixth spot, from the same number of matches.

“Little disappointed. Thought we were in it to win, but it wasn’t our day. I have kept saying that winning always feels good, but when you lose close games like this you feel ‘wow, when are we gonna get there’,” Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (CHECK OUT: IPL 2019 results: Points table standings – updated after KKR vs RR match)

Three teams – KKR, the Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – now occupy the last three spots in the table with eight point each from 11 matches and all of them still have a theoretical chance of making it to the play-offs, provided they do not lose any of their remaining three matches.

“Happy with the way boys fought, not happy with the result. A lot of it will boil down to how much they trust me as a leader. It’s important to keep the mood of the dressing room good. The fact that we are not able to cross the winning line is not a good feeling,” Karthik, who’s captaincy has come under scrutiny, explained.