Indian Premier League, DC vs RCB Report: Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell Blitz Power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 16-Run Win vs Delhi Capitals

Dinesh Karthik hit 66 with authority in his unbeaten 34-ball before the bowlers made a fine comeback when Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals by 16 runs in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday. Karthik flew away after Glenn Maxwell hit seven fours and two sixes in his 55 from 34 deliveries to take RCB to 189 for five. In response, the Capitals got just 173 for seven, despite David Warner’s sensational 38-ball 66. It was RCB’s fourth win in six games and they are now third on the points list as Delhi slumped to their third loss in five games.

In the pursuit of 190 DC went to a aviator with Warner and young Prithvi Shaw (16) who pounded the RCB bowlers into submission, the duo raced to 50 before Mohammed Siraj sent the Indian away.

Warner was then joined by compatriot Mitchell March, who played his first game for the Capitals. The all-rounder, who is recovering from a hip injury, looked rusty and struggled to hit the ball.

But that didn’t dampen Warner’s spirit as the left leg kept hitting the ball perfectly as his family cheered him on from the stands.

The 35-year-old broke five sixes and four fours before his fiery knock was ended by Wanindu Hasaranga.

The Australian’s wicket marked a shift in momentum as RCB made a strong comeback with Delhi losing a series of wickets.

First, Marsh’s grueling 14-of-24-ball knockout came to an end thanks to a bizarre run-out. Josh Hazlewood (3/28), who was exceptional, then threw a brilliant 15th over, with Rovman Powell being rejected for a first-ball duck and then responsible for Lalit Yadav (1).

Delhi’s hopes were pinned on hard hitting Pant (34), who delivered some lustful blows, but his whirlwind innings was ended by a one-handed blinder from Virat Kohli.

Shardul and Axar Patel managed to land some big shots, but the RCB bowlers had other plans as DC fell short.

Previously, the Capitals bowlers initially performed as a well-oiled unit, with Shardul Thakur (1/27), Khaleel Ahmed (1/36), Axar Patel (1/29) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/46) doing well but bled runs into the slog-overs as Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed (32 not out) added 74 in the last five.

Karthik, who has enjoyed his role as finisher this season, hit five fours and as many sixes in his sensational knock.

DC took full advantage of the coin landing to their advantage as they put pressure on RCB early on with tight fielding and good bowling.

The Delhi bowlers managed to take two wickets in the power playovers while conceding 40 runs.

Thakur produced a nice inswinger that curled up in Anju Rawat (0) to give Delhi the early break. Khaleel Ahmed then made two because he was responsible for the dangerous Faf du Plessis.

Lalit Yadav caused Virat Kohli’s run-out with a brilliant direct hit to add to RCB’s problems.

It was then that Maxwell took responsibility when he rolled over Kuldeep Yadav for 23 runs in the ninth. The all-rounder hit top gear when he hit the ball twice against the fence and over it a few times.

His half-century came soon after as he continued to hit the Delhi bowlers all over the park.

However, Kuldeep took revenge a few overs later when the ball caught the toe of the Australian bat and Lalit Yadav completed the legal flyout.

With Maxwell gone, Karthik and Shahbaz joined forces. The wicketkeeper made the batting look effortless as he broke four limits and two maximums from Mustafizur to plunder 28 runs from the 18th over.

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