Karthik, Hazlewood help RCB jump to third spot

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) returned to winning ways in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 16 runs on Saturday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Dinesh Karthik once again came to the rescue for RCB with an unbeaten 66* before Josh Hazlewood’s impressive 3-28 ensured a 16-run victory. 

Chasing 190, DC openers – David Warner and Prithvi Shaw got off to a flying start. Warner got off the mark with a six over mid-wicket against Glenn Maxwell. The fifty partnership was up for the opening wicket before Shaw was dismissed by Siraj. 

At the end of 6 overs, DC were 57-1, with Warner and Mitchell Marsh at the crease.  

Warner brought up his half-century and DC were 79-1 at the 10-over mark. Hasaranga brought an end to Warner’s inning in the 12th over trapping him LBW.

DC required 90 off 42 deliveries as skipper Rishabh Pant arrived at the crease. Hazlewood scalped two wickets in the 15th over and DC lost their 5th wicket.  

With 56 required off 24 deliveries, DC scored 19 off the 16th over. A sensational one-hand catch from Virat Kohli at covers brought an end to the DC skipper’s innings. 

Shadul Thakur hit two sixes but was dismissed in the penultimate over as DC required 27 off the final over. 

Earlier, RCB, who were put in to bat first, lost early wickets of openers – Anuj Rawat and Faf du Plessis. Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell added 5 fours and RCB were 40-2 at the end of the powerplay. 

RCB lost Virat Kohli’s wicket when he was run-out by Lalit Yadav’s direct hit. Glenn Maxwell smacked 23 runs in the 9th over off Kuldeep Yadav. Maxwell reached his half-century in style with a four against Thakur. However, he was out in the next over bowled by Kuldeep. 

After a quiet couple of overs, Dinesh Karthik dispatched a maximum over deep square leg as RCB were 115-5 with five overs to go. He accelerated further with his colossal striking and scored 28 runs from the 18th over, bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. 

Karthik notched his half-century in the same over and RCB finished the innings with 189-5 after the final over produced 17 runs.  

Brief Scores: 

RCB: 189-5 (Dinesh Karthik 66*, Glenn Maxwell 50, Shardul Thakur 1-27) 

DC: 173-7 (David Warner 66, Rishabh Pant 34; Josh Hazlewood 3-28)