IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik heartbroken as KKR fail to reach final

first_imgDinesh Karthik was distraught and heartbroken after Kolkata Knight Riders went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 13 runs and failed to reach the final of the 2018 IPL.Chasing 175, KKR finished with 160/9 off ther 20 overs after a sensational start courtesy of Sunil Narine and Chriss Lynn. At the halfway mark, the Knight Riders were 93/2 and were hot favourites to win the second qualifier.However, a dramatic collapse against Rashid Khan and Shakib al Hasan left the lower-order too much to do. Shubman Gill and Piyush Chawla tried heroically but both men fell to Carlos Brathwaite off successive deliveries in the final over to lose any hopes of victory.Rashid Khan dedicates Man of the Match award to Afghanistan blast victimsKarthik, who led impressively, scored 498 runs and finished games almost at will, failed at the final hurdle. On Friday, when KKR needed another stellar knock from their captain, Karthik was dismissed for 8. He blamed himself, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa for not taking the side home,MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | MATCH GALLERY”It (the defeat) is hard to digest. We played a good tournament. To finish on the losing side doesn’t feel good. We had the game at the 10-over mark but a couple of bad shots cost us. Me and Robin had to bat through… Lynn was good. Me not batting through was a mistake on my part,” Karthik said at the post-match presentation [email protected] u r a fabulous leader. A special thanks to the management which made this possible despite naysayers…@VenkyMysore @jacqueskallis75 #Simon Katich #Heath Streak #Andrew Leipus @adrian_leroux @arsrikkanth & all of u. #KKRHaiTaiyaaradvertisementShah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 25, 2018Not many had given KKR much of a chance after the player auction. They released Gautam Gambhir, who had won them two titles. Also gone were Umesh Yadav, Shakib, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.KKR now had to bank on a new captain, new bowlers and a couple of under-19 stars. Gill and Shivam Mavi stepped up beautifully while Prasidh Krishna showed great presence of mind, bowling crucial spells under pressure.However, it was not enough on the day it mattered. Mavi and Prashidh came under heavy attack from Rashid, who clobbered an unbeaten 34 off 10 balls as SRH came back from a bleak position to post a daunting total.KKR, though, know they have invested for the future. From what they saw this season, it has been a great investment under a great leader.last_img read more

Mane wants to call Ederson to apologise

first_imgSadio Mané ‘I want to call Ederson to apologise’ – Mane Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 23:44 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Ederson Manchester City Liverpool Getty Sadio Mané Liverpool Manchester City Premier League The Senegal forward saw red after he caught the Man City goalkeeper in the face earlier this month and would like to say sorry in person Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted he would like the chance to call Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson and apologise for the clash that saw him sent off when the two sides faced off earlier this season.Mane saw red shortly before half-time at the Etihad Stadium as his attempt to run onto a long ball resulted him in kicking the former Benfica ‘keeper in the face.Liverpool 20/1 for PL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ederson avoided any serious injury having been stretchered from the field as City eventually ran out 5-0 winners on the day.Mane later posted a message of support on Facebook but now admits he would like the chance to say sorry in person rather than just on social media.”No, but I posted something on Facebook,” he told ESPN when asked whether he had spoken to Ederson since the incident. “We don’t know each other, but I would love to have his number and send him a proper message. I think it is OK now, though.Ederson Manchester City Liverpool“Honestly, after this incident, I was not OK. I was thinking about the red card, obviously, but we are human beings and we have to be nice to each other.”If I could do better to ignore [avoid] the collision, I would do my best to do so. But he also did the same. I can’t do anything now.”I would never do this [intentionally], it is part of football. I could not do anything else, I was going to make contact. I was thinking it was a yellow card.”Mane has missed Liverpool’s last two domestic matches as a result of his suspension, with the Reds being held by Burnley before crashing out of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Leicester City.He will again be missing when Jurgen Klopp’s side make a return visit to the King Power Stadium to face the Foxes in the Premier League on Saturday, but will be available for the visit to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League and their clash with Newcastle United ahead of  October’s international break. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more