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Dinesh Karthik’s blitz fashions Royal Challengers’ victory

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Dinesh Karthik made an unbeaten knock of 66
Dinesh Karthik made an unbeaten knock of 66

Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals by 16 runs in their IPL game played at Wenkhade Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Glenn Maxwell’s 34-ball 55 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome a poor start. Then, continuing his superlative form, Dinesh Karthik struck an unbeaten 34-ball 66, laced with five fours and as many sixes to propel his side to 189. In the end it turned out to be 16 more than what Delhi Capitals could managed despite another quick start from David Warner and Prithvi Shaw.

The win meant Royal Challengers moved up to third on the points table with eight points from six games. Above them are Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, also with eight points each but at a better net run rate.

After Rishabh Pant opted to bowl, Mustafizur Rahman troubled Faf du Plessis in the first over. From the other end, Shardul Thakur made the first incision by trapping Anuj Rawat lbw with an overpitched delivery.

In the next over, du Plessis skipped down the track to Khaleel Ahmed, looking to go over covers. Instead, he ended up slicing it towards deep point, where Axar Patel took a couple of steps to his right and pouched it.

Maxwell hit two fours off Mustafizur in the sixth over, but Virat Kohli was struggling at the other end. Kohli was on 12 off 13 when he dropped one towards point and set off. Maxwell realised there was no run there and sent him back but, by then, it was too late. Lalit Yadav charged towards the ball and, throwing off-balance, nailed the direct hit with just one stump visible. That left Royal Challengers reeling at 40 for 3 in the seventh over.

Chief scores

Royal Challengers Bangalore 189 for 5 (Karthik 66*, Maxwell 55, Thakur 1-27) beat

Delhi Capitals 173 for 7 (Warner 66, Pant 34, Hazlewood 3-28) by 16 runs

Monday, April 18, 2022 – 01:00

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