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RR vs RCB – Dinesh Karthik’s heroics undo’s Jos Buttler’s brilliance

Jos Buttler, RR’s opening batter, had a fantastic performance against RCB in IPL 2022 Match 13 that set up the match wonderfully for his team. Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Nadeem, on the other hand, had other ideas as they led RCB to a sensational victory.

Dinesh Karthik’s heroics undo’s Jos Buttler’s brilliance

Post Match Analysis of RR vs RCB – RCB won their 3rd match and now no team is unbeaten in the Tata IPL 2022. Dinesh Karthik played an unbeaten knock of 44 runs in 23 balls and he was well accompanied by Shahbaz Ahmed who scored 45 in 26 balls. The lower middle-order batters chased down the target which was quite unexpected as Shahbaz Ahmed is an inexperienced bloke.

Dinesh Karthik’s heroics undo’s Jos Buttler’s brilliance

RR had given a tough target of 170 to chase for RCB as the ball was skidding while the conditions were extremely hot. RCB were going bang-bang as they scored 48 runs in the power-play overs. Faf was in destruction mode as he scored 29 runs in 20 balls. Within a short span of time, RCB lost 5 wickets and the score was 87-5 as RCB needed another 83 to win in 7 overs. 

Dinesh Karthik’s heroics undo’s Jos Buttler’s brilliance

It looked like RCB lost the match but from nowhere the duo Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik took the team out of deep trouble as winning was by no means easy. Karthik targeted Ashwin and he just bashed him all around the park and made him look like a street kid. Dinesh Karthik hunted down the target with 5 balls left which made a statement that RCB isn’t a finished product.

Dinesh Karthik’s heroics undo’s Jos Buttler’s brilliance

RCB had won the toss and elected to field first. RR had a quiet power-play as they scored 35 runs for the loss of 1 wicket and the conditions were tough for the batters to middle the ball. Jos Buttler the centurion from his previous match where he was just dominating the bowlers of MI found it extremely tough till one stage. Buttler then went berserk as he smashed 20 odd runs overs and all of a sudden, the target was 170. The way Buttler disseminated made a statement that his batting prowess is unmatched. Shimron Hetmyer played a second fiddle as he scored 42 runs in 31 balls. His knock made sure that runs kept flowing from both ends.

What lies ahead for RR

RR is due to face LSG on 10th April who is also on a roll as they have won 2 out of 3. RR needs to make sure what role does Ravichandran Ashwin play as his 4 overs should be utilized in a proper manner as his one bad over changed the complexion of the match. There is no doubt that Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best white-ball bowlers but he needs to make sure that he bowls according to the situation.

Source: Times of India

Varad Sandeep Vaichal is a Cricket Analyst and Sports Journalist at Empire Weekly.

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