Dinesh Karthik smashed an unbeaten 66 to set up a 16-run win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
The in-form Karthik steered Bangalore to 189-5 with his 34-ball knock after Glenn Maxwell’s breezy 55 in the second match of the day in Mumbai.
Delhi, who are still searching for their maiden IPL title, could only muster 173-7 despite a 38-ball 66 from David Warner.
Karthik, a wicketkeeper-batsman, stood out as he put on an unbeaten stand of 97 for the sixth wicket with Shahbaz Ahmed, who hit 32, as Bangalore plundered 69 runs from the last four overs.
He made full use of a dropped catch on five to tear into the opposition attack in the final 18 balls and smashed Mustafizur Rahman for four fours and two sixes in a 28-run 18th over.
Bangalore lost their big guns, including captain Faf du Plessis for eight and Kohli run out on 12, before Maxwell unleashed his power to lay the foundation for the total.
The Australian batsman, nicknamed ‘Big Show’ for his extravagant strokeplay, took on left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in one over to hit 23 runs before he fell to the same bowler.
In reply, Delhi faltered after Warner’s departure and Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood struck twice in one over, including the big-hitting Rovman Powell for nought, as the wheels came off the chase.
Skipper Rishabh Pant attempted to hit back with his 17-ball 34, but became pace bowler Mohammed Siraj’s second wicket as Virat Kohli leapt to take a stunning one-handed catch at cover.
Bangalore jumped to third on the 10-team table led by newcomers the Gujarat Titans.
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