Dinesh Karthik’s match-winning hits in the latest RCB vs PBKS IPL match makes Virat Kohli jump out of his seat | Cricket


Royal Challengers Bangalore returned to winning ways with a thrilling four-wicket win over Punjab Kings in their second match. IPL2024 See you on Monday in Bangalore. After 177 runs, Dinesh Karthik came to RCB’s rescue, guiding them home in 19.2 overs.

Dinesh Karthik’s shot left Virat Kohli jumping from his chair with excitement.

RCB had a choppy start to the chase, with Virat Kohli remaining the lone figure of the first order, who kept the pursuit alive with a few scintillating shots. The former RCB captain hit 77 off 49 balls, stuffed with 11 fours and two sixes, and missed a ton, losing his wicket in the final delivery of the 16th over against Harshal Patel. When Kohli left, RCB was meandering at 130/5.

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It looked like RCB were slumping to another defeat, but it happened Dinesh Karthik. He didn’t get off to a good start as he saw his partner Anuj Rawat lose his wicket off the second delivery of the 17th over, and the wicketkeeper was replaced by Mahipal Lomror. He started his innings with a four, followed by a single. Next, Karthik hit Sam Curran for a four and then finished the over with two runs.

In the 18th, Lomror hammered Arshdeep Singh for a six and a four as the Indian pacer leaked 13 runs, taking the equation to 23 off 12 balls. Then in the 19th over, Harshal Patel conceded 13 runs, getting pummeled by Karthik for a four and a six.

With the match hanging by a thread, RCB needed 10 runs in the final and Shikhar Dhawan decided to go with Arshdeep. The experienced PBKS pacer sent a length delivery off his first ball, which Karthik collected on short fine for a six. Seeing Karthik hit for a six, his RCB teammates in the dugout, including Kohli, were on their feet celebrating! Next, Arshdeep bowled a wide, followed by a full delivery which Karthik slammed for a four past the bowler, to end proceedings in style.

Great finish from Dinesh Karthik in the last over of the RCB vs PBKS IPL 2024 match

It was another thrilling performance for Karthik, who impressed during RCB’s defeat against CSK. Speaking after the match, he said: “A bit (dusting off the rust). I wasn’t completely in control but I managed it. We needed that (Lomror shot), Anuj hit it well last time but when Mahipal came out… “He took the pressure off me. He (Harshal) is a tricky customer, he has a slower descent and if you missed the fact that you are screwed, I had to wait to play the scoop. I didn’t say anything, he (Lomror) was calm and when he hit that six, I just told him to keep his head calm.”

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