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Karthik, Maxwell And Hazlewood Propel Royal Challengers Bangalore to Third Spot

Royal Challengers Bangalore bounced again to beat Delhi Capitals for his or her fourth win of IPL 2022, a efficiency that additionally lifted them to the third spot within the factors desk. The top-three groups within the standings have eight factors every and are separated solely by web run price now.

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Powered by a scintillating unbeaten half-century from Dinesh Karthik after Glenn Maxwell’s fifty revive their innings, RCB posted a difficult 189/5 on the Wankhede Stadium. In reply, DC began properly with their openers including 50 runs on 4.Four overs they usually had been nonetheless in hunt at 94/1 when David Warner (66) was trapped lbw by Wanindu Hasaranga,

Warner’s departure derailed their chase as they ultimately completed with 173/7 in 20 overs. It was DC’s third defeat in 5 matches they usually proceed to be on the eighth spot within the 10-team competitors.

For RCB, Josh Hazlewood was the choose of the bowlers, taking 3/28 from 4 overs whereas Mohammed Siraj chipped in with a few wickets.  Earlier, Karthik continued his red-hot type, slamming an unbeaten 66.

He blazed away to 66 in simply 34 balls, whereas Maxwell hit seven fours and two sixes in his 55 off 34 deliveries.

The Capitals’ bowlers carried out as a well-oiled unit initially with Shardul Thakur (1/27), Khaleel Ahmed (1/36), Axar Patel (1/29) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/46) doing properly however bled runs within the slog overs as Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed (32 not out) added 74 within the final 5.

Karthik, who has been revelling in his position as a finisher this season, hit 5 fours and as many sixes in his sensational knock.

DC made full use of the coin touchdown of their favour as they put strain on RCB early on with tight fielding and good bowling.

The Delhi bowlers managed to snare two wickets within the powerplay overs whereas gifting away 40 runs.

Thakur produced an attractive inswinger that curled into Anju Rawat (0) to present Delhi the early breakthrough. Khaleel Ahmed then made it two as he accounted for the harmful Faf du Plessis.

Lalit Yadav effected Virat Kohli’s run out with an excellent direct hit to compound RCB’s woes.

It was then that Maxwell took the onus upon himself as he pummelled Kuldeep Yadav for 23 runs within the ninth over. The all-rounder hit high gear as he smashed the ball to the fence twice and over it a few instances.

His half-century got here quickly after as he continued to hit the Delhi bowlers all around the park.

However, Kuldeep extracted his revenge a couple of overs later because the ball caught the Australian’s bat’s toe and Lalit Yadav accomplished the regulation catch.

With Maxwell gone, Karthik and Shahbaz joined forces. The wicketkeeper made batting look easy as he cracked 4 boundaries and two most off Mustafizur to plunder 28 runs off the 18th over and convey his fifty in fashion.

With PTI Inputs

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