IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed bring RCB to victory against Rajasthan Royals

The competition in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is now getting tighter and fiercer. Each team did not want to just give up facing their opponents. Likewise with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals. After the two competed to their full potential, the Rajasthan Royals had to suffer their first IPL 2022 defeat against Bangalore at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

They lost after getting extraordinary resistance from stars Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed. Initially, the game favored the RR team. However, as RCB chased 170 with five deliveries remaining, duo Karthik and Ahmed outplayed RR's best bowling line-up. RCB also closed the match with an extraordinary victory.

Due to these results, both RR and RCB both recorded two wins in their first three matches in the IPL this season. A good start even though both of them still cannot be careless in the next match. At the beginning of the match, the team led by Faf du Plessis won the lottery and went bowling. David Willey led the first over superbly, and he was able to get rid of Yashasvi Jaiswal in the second.

Even so, Jos Buttler who worked with Devdutt Padikkal in his best performance solidified the position of 70 runs. As Padikkal recorded 37, Buttler got the 50-run mark for the second time.

While on the other hand, Dasher was very careful throughout the innings and captain Sanju Samson was sent off. Buttler then teamed up with Shimron Hetmyer, who was a tough finisher. While RR recorded a 69/3 in 20 overs, the duo played some good shots in the final overs.


Next up, Karthik and Ahmed brought RCB back to the top. Buttler was unbeaten with 70 points, while Hetmyer had 42 points from 31 deliveries. In dealing with RR, RCB implemented a strategy of starting the rhythm of the game quickly. The combination of captain Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat made 55 runs for the first wicket. However, the game changed drastically as Faf du Plessis and his teammates lost four wickets in seven runs. Yuzvendra Chahal got two of these goals thus putting the RCB team in difficult conditions.

Luckily, the compact Karthik teamed up with Ahmed with their incredible strokes, successfully putting RR behind RCB. Both of these players are tough and fast. Karthik is unbeaten on 44 from 23 balls as RCB wins four wickets in 19.1 overs.

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Twitter reaction

Karthik and Ahmed's amazing game is getting a lot of positive comments on Twitter. Many netizens were amazed by the performance of the two in bringing RCB to victory and defeating the RR team which is known to be tough. They praised the second game that was able to turn things around and put RCB ahead at the last moment.

With this win and Karthik scoring, this is Bangalore's biggest positive so far in IPL 2022. There have been many shifts in momentum in IPL fixtures this season. RCB now has two wins in a row and this is a positive signal for RCB even though the strength of each team in the IPL is quite evenly distributed.

Gian Chacko

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