Karthik and Shahbaz Star as Bangalore Script Thrilling Comeback Against Table-Toppers Rajasthan


Dinesh Karthik is yet to finish and the swashbuckling hitter served another reminder of his excellent finishing skills in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)’s 4 wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday 5th April.

Jos Buttler (70*) and Shimron Hetmyer (42*) put together an unbeaten 83-point partnership to help Rajasthan post a tough 169/3 tally and RR thought they had RCB on the mat when they reduced them to 87/5 in the 13 more.

However, Shahbaz Ahmed (45 off 26 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (44* off 23 balls) staged a batting masterclass to take victory from the jaws of defeat and leave RR on the floor as they hit bowlers at will.

The win keeps Rajasthan top of the IPL 2022 points table after suffering their first loss of the campaign while sending RCB down to sixth place with two wins from three games.

RCB’s chase got off to a superb start as Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat netted 55 runs for the first wicket. However, that was quickly called off as Chahal got rid of du Plessis (29 from 20 balls) in the 7th and Navdeep Saini then fired Rawat (26 from 25 balls) in the next course.

Virat Kohli (5) was then caught millimeters from safety after some great work from Sanju Samson and Chahal to get him out in 9th. Chahal (2/15) then doubled the advantage when he casted David Willey (0) on the very next delivery to leave RCB reeling at 62/4.

Sherfane Rutherford (5) couldn’t add much to the total as Trent Boult (2/34) came back to get rid of the West Indies power hitter. But that didn’t matter much as Karthik came out and immediately got going, fulfilling his role as a finisher to perfection.

The wicketkeeper hitter with Shahbaz Ahmed assembled a partnership of 67 runs on just 33 balls to regain control of the RCB. Shahbaz was finally casted by Boult in the 18th but Karthik stayed until the end and with Harshal Patel, who sealed victory with a six, carried RCB across the finish line.

Earlier in the game, Faf du Plessis won the Toss and didn’t hesitate to play first. Both captains have named unchanged teams for this encounter.

David Willey gave RCB a superb start beating Yashasvi Jaiswal (4) in 2nd. The Englishman sent in a swinging delivery that snuck past the inside edge and sent the bails flying.

Jos Buttler and former RCB player Devdutt Padikkal then assembled a 70-run 49-ball partnership to provide a decent platform. Padikkal (37 from 29 balls) looked in good contact but was sent down in 10th when Harshal Patel entered the attack. The southpaw sliced ​​the ball high towards the middle where Kohli took a smart hold.

Sanju Samson (8) crushed Wanindu Hasaranga for a huge six in the 12th but was gone just two balls later as Hasaranga (1/32) managed to grab the ball into the field and captain RR in turn got it softly returned to the bowler. .

With the Royals 86/3 at the fall of Samson’s wicket, Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer joined forces to assemble an unbeaten partnership of 83 runs from just 51 balls. Buttler raised his half-century on 42 balls and went undefeated on 70 on just 47 balls in an inning with 6 sixes but not a single four.

Hetymer finished undefeated on 42 of 31 balls and Harshal Patel was the bowlers’ choice, finishing with miserly numbers of 1/18 and conceding only one limit, in his final, as RR posted a difficult total of 169 /3.


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