IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik stars in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Come From Behind win over Rajasthan Royals

A sensational display of batting from Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed helped Royal Challengers Bangalore recover from a mini-batting collapse and recorded a four-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Jos Buttler hammered half a dozen sixes in his unbeaten 70 off 47 balls as Rajasthan Royals seeded their way to 169 for three after RCB chose to bowl.

RCB lost four wickets in a space on 11 balls and had all sorts of trouble at 62 for four before Karthik (44 not out of 23 balls) and Ahmed (45 out of 26) took the game away from the opposing team with a 67 run partnership of just 33 balls .

Karthik eventually got the team home in 19.1 overs. It was RCB’s second win in three games, while it was the Royals’ first loss of the season after consecutive wins.

At 55 for no loss in the seventh left, RCB was on course in the run chase before the match turned upside down with the Royals taking a flurry of wickets.

The wily Yuzvendra Chahal (2/15), playing against a team he played for seven seasons, was largely responsible for the collapse of RCB. He forced an error on Faf du Plessis (29), who mistimed a broken leg to be caught long-on, before clearing out lefthander David Willey (0) with a classic leg break.

Chahal also cleared the lead for Virat Kohli (5) on a brilliant throw from Royals skipper Sanju Samson. Trent Boult who then got rid of Shelfane Rutherford made it 87 for five, giving RCB a lot of trouble.

That was when Karthik, who has shown great form this season, came to the center and brought RCB back into the game with some sensational blows, including a reverse sweep of Ravichandran Ashwin whose fourth resulted in 21 runs.

Karthik did most of the damage hitting alongside Ahmed as they narrowed their 50-run lead to just 21 balls.

Previously, Fresh off a hundred in the previous game, Buttler had to work hard on his 47-ball knock on a slow Wankhede throw. He had the support of Shimron Hetmyer (42 not out on 31) on the other hand, as the duo shared an unbeaten score of 83 points on 51 balls.

Royals did not have the best times in Powerplay, reaching 35 with the loss of opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (4).

Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal (37 out of 29) started playing their tricks after the Powerplay, splitting a 70-run tie to give the innings a move.

Fielding RCB also helped the Royals when they dropped Buttler twice in the same one bowled by Akash Deep. To make the injury worse, Buttler skipped Akash Deep over long for a six in the same over.

After his former RCB teammate Harshal Patel sent Padikkal back to the locker room, Samson (8) fell for a soft dismissal from Wanindu Hasaranga.

It looked like the ball stopped for Samson who offered a nanny right back to Hasaranga, leaving the Royals at 86 for three in the 12th.

In the slogovers, Royals found it hard to get the big hits with RCB bowlers using the conditions effectively.

Buttler stepped back and let the tough Hetmyer push the limits.

However, the English wicketkeeper was back at his best, hitting Mohammad Siraj for consecutive sixes in the 19th to reach his half-century.

Akash Deep ruined his numbers in the 20th when he was on the receiving end for a tight no-ball call before Buttler hammered him for a few maxima long.

Hetmyer ended the innings in style with a six over deep square leg, as the final resulted in over 23 runs. Buttler didn’t hit a single four in his undefeated attempt.

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