Dinesh Karthik leads RCB to win over DC, KL Rahul and LSG defeat MI

Dinesh Karthik, a wicketkeeper-batter of Royal Challengers Bangalore, leads his team to a 16-run win against Delhi Capitals in the second match in Mumbai.

This win came after RCB's latest slip at 92-5 when they were beaten by Chennai Super Kings in Saturday's game. After David Warner's 38-ball 66, DC could only manage 173-7 in their attempts to win their first Indian Premier League title.

RCB scored 69 runs off the final four overs, mainly due to Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed's unbroken 97-run sixth-wicket collaboration.

"I have bigger goals. I've been working really hard. My aim is to do something special for the country," Karthik said.

"This is part of my journey. I am doing everything I can to be part of the India team."

The 38-year-old Karthik, who last played for India in the 2019 World Cup, took full advantage of a lost catch by Mustafizur Rahman, smashing 66 not out from 34 balls, taking 28 off the 18th over.

Big names like Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli were all out for RCB in the first eight, then out on 12. 'Big Show' Maxwell took on Kuldeep Yadav, a left-arm wrist-spinner, in one over to hit 23 runs before the same bowler caught him.

Due to the fact that Maxwell has only been removed once in this year's IPL, he has the highest batting average of all players at 197, making him the most successful finisher in the tournament.

Josh Hazlewood's two wickets in a single over removed the big-hitting Rovman Powell and Lalit Yadav, which put Delhi in a precarious position after Warner's exit. Despite this being his second IPL match, the Hazlewood's performance bodes well for the rest of the season.

Rishabh Pant, Delhi's skipper, tried to fight back with his 17-ball 34 but fell to a sharp catch from Kohli.

With this victory, RCB has moved up to third place in the 10-team standings, with the Gujarat Titans in the first position.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Mumbai Indians

Before the second match between RCB and DC, KL Rahul, on the first match of the day, led the Lucknow Super Giants to set a 200-run target for Mumbai Indians with an unbeaten 103 not out from 60 balls.

They beat five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians, which would be their sixth loss in the season. Having been allowed to bat first at MI's Brabourne Stadium, Rahul guided LSG to an impressive 199 for four in his 100th IPL match.

MI could only manage 181-9 to lose by 18 runs and stay winless so far in the Twenty20 event, significantly reducing their chances of qualifying for the play-offs. Jasprit Bumrah, the pace bowler optimist whose team will be back to their feet soon.

"Life has not ended. Sun is going to rise again tomorrow. This is a game of cricket, somebody has to win, somebody has to lose," Bumrah said in his interview.

"Nobody is as disappointed as we are, nobody from the outside can see the hard work that we have put in. In the rest of the games, we will again give our best shot and try to come on the better side."

MI, one of the most anticipated teams in the IPL, owned by Nita Ambani, the wife of India's richest man, Reliance Industries tycoon Mukesh Ambani, is now rooted at the bottom of the standings.

Gian Chacko

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