Harbhajan Singh blames Dinesh Karthik, blames veteran star for RCB's loss to KKR

Harbhajan Singh blames Dinesh Karthik, blames veteran star for RCB's loss to KKR

Dinesh Karthik denied winning singles in 19th over against KKR© BCCI/Sportzpics

Former Indian batter Harbhajan Singh believes Dinesh Karthik's decision to disallow a single at the climax of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders proved costly for Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their one-run defeat at the iconic Eden Gardens in the ongoing Indian Premier League. After Kohli's dismissal was shrouded in controversy, Will Jacks (55) and Rajat Patidar (52) brought RCB back into the action as they built a 102-run stand on Sunday.

In the 19th over, Karn Sharma and Karthik were at the crease and the veteran batter avoided taking a single off three deliveries.

Karthik then scored a six and a four before losing his wicket to Andre Russell in the last delivery of the over.

Karn Sharma set the tone of the match by smoking the ball in the stands four times, including three in the final against Mitchell Starc. However, RCB ended up falling short by one run in their chase of 223.

“I think DK was a very important player in that match. Karn (Sharma) came in and hit three sixes, while they were batting, Karthik missed two to three singles and I think that proved costly for RCB had taken those singles then maybe this situation wouldn't have happened They only needed one run, little things matter at that point, you want to finish the one. game and Karthik has the ability to finish the game. However, when you don't win the game, such things are remembered and I think Karthik would think of taking this single,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel.

To sum up the match, RCB skipper Faf Du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first. Phil Salt's explosive 48 off 14 balls, with seven fours and three sixes, provided the two-time champions with some extra runs in the powerplay.

Wickets were continually falling at the other end, but skipper Shreyas Iyer (50 in 36 balls, with seven fours and a six), Rinku Singh (24 in 16 balls, with two fours and a six), Andre Russell (27* in 20 balls, with four boundaries) and Ramandeep Singh (24* in nine balls, with two fours and two sixes) contributed just enough to take them to 222/6 in their 20 overs.

RCB lost Virat Kohli (18) and Faf Du Plessis (7) early. A 102-run partnership between Will Jacks (55 in 32 balls, with four boundaries and five sixes) and Rajat Patidar (52 in 23 balls, with three fours and five sixes) helped RCB bounce back. But their efforts were not enough to stall the game for RCB.

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