Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thrashed Delhi Capitals by 16 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday with Dinesh Karthik’s last over innings and Glenn Maxwell’s half-century. Maxwell made 55 runs off 34 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes to rescue RCB from the initial blow.
This is Rasbi’s fourth win in six matches to move into the top three. This is Delhi’s third defeat in five matches. Faf du Plessis made frequent changes in the bowling in the powerplay itself but the Delhi batsmen, especially Warner, did well to put pressure on him. Warner meanwhile hit three sixes as Delhi made 57 for the loss of Prithvi Sauv (16 off 13 balls) in the powerplay.
Warner completed his 52nd fifty in IPL in just 29 balls. Mitchell Marsh (14 off 24 balls) was struggling to score runs and in such a situation, when the net run rate was rising, Warner hit Harshal Patel for a six and four, but in an attempt to switch hit to the delivery of Wanindu Hasranga. Became footstepped.
Earlier, RCB had not had a good start. Opting to bat first after losing the toss, RCB had lost both opener Anuj Rawat (nil) and captain Faf du Plessis (eight) within the first three overs, taking the score to 13 for two.
Delhi continued to bowl tight and conceded 40 runs in the powerplay despite some sloppy shots from Maxwell. RCB lost the wicket of Virat Kohli (12 runs in 14 balls) on the same score, who was run out beautifully by Lalit Yadav. Maxwell hit Kuldeep Yadav in the ninth over for the first six of RCB’s innings. In this over, he took a total of 23 runs with the help of two sixes and two fours and then hit a four on Shardul Thakur to complete his half-century in 30 balls. Kuldeep, however, took revenge in the next over and got Maxwell caught at long on.
Suyesh Prabhudesai (six) had already taken his way to the pavilion. When Karthik was on five, Pant dropped his catch. He celebrated it by hitting two sixes on Khaleel Ahmed and when Mustafizur Rahman reached the 18th over, he scored 28 runs in this over with the help of four fours and two sixes. He completed his fifty in just 26 balls. Karthik sent the next ball for six runs after avoiding being dismissed leg before with the help of DRS off Shardul. Shahbaz, who has been playing the role of an ally till now, hit his only six in the last over of Kuldeep’s innings.