IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik not happy with D/L method

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik called the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method “strange” and said that he wants the Indian counterpart, the “VJD method”, after his team was defeated by Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in a rain-affected Indian Premier League (IPL) game in Kolkata on Sunday.

“I have always thought that the VJD is an Indian method and it’s an Indian domestic tournament, why not think about it in the future? It’s been proven that it’s a really good method, we have used in domestic tournaments. Only for IPL, we use D/L. Why not think about VJD here and promote it?” Karthik said at the post match press conference.

Asked to bat first, KKR posted 191/7 in 20 overs after Chris Lynn’s 41-ball 74.

But Kings XI openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul made short work of the chase by scoring runs at a brisk rate from the very beginning of the game. The D/L method also came in their favour by reducing the target.

When the game was suspended due to rain, Punjab needed 96 runs to win in 11.4 overs with ten wickets in hand and Gayle (49, 27b not out) and Rahul (46 off 23 not out) safe at the crease. Punjab were 96/0 in 8.2 overs when drizzle accompanied by a squall hit Kolkata hard.

But after a 95-minute stoppage, the revised target was 125 in 13 overs, meaning the R Ashwin-led side needed 29 runs for victory off 28 balls.

Punjab reached the target quite comfortably with 11 balls to spare as Gayle remained unbeaten on 62 off 38 balls and Rahul scored a 27-ball 60.

“It is interesting that at the stage rain stopped play, they needed about eight runs an over but after the D/L method, they come back and they need six runs an over, a run a ball,” Karthik said.

“That was little surprising, because ideally if it would have been a 20-over game, they would have needed eight an over. If we could have got two quick wickets, the run rate would have kept going up. Suddenly after rain, they needed run-a-ball. I didn’t understand that bit but I am sure people (calculating) Duckworth-Lewis is trying to figure out what it is,” the newly-appointed KKR skipper added.

The VJD method was used in the domestic limited overs matches this season.

(With IANS inputs)

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