Last Update on: April 6th, 2022 at 11:06 am
Former West Indies T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite mentioned the over where Rajasthan Royals (RR) lost their rhythm and allowed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to come back in the game.
On Tuesday, RCB handed Rajasthan Royals their first defeat of this season after a nail-biting finish by Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed to propel their side to a four-wicket win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
RCB’s chase faltered in the middle despite a steady opening stand of 55 runs between Faf du Plessis (29) and Anuj Rawat (26) over seven overs. The openers negated the new ball threat from Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult. As the duo moved swiftly towards their target of 170, former RCB bowler Yuzvendra Chahal got the breakthrough for Rajasthan.
Chahal got the better of the RCB skipper, who miscued a shot down towards long-on and Boult took a comfortable catch to end the stand. In the space of 5.3 overs, RCB slipped from 55 for 1 to 87 for 5 and that is when Karthik joined forces with Shahbaz Ahmed in the 13th over.
RR vs RCB: Dinesh Karthik slams 19 runs to Ravichandran Ashwin
The former KKR skipper took no time to settle at the crease as his fellow Tamil Nadu teammate Ravichandran Ashwin bore the brunt of conceding 21 runs in an over, 19 were scored by the RCB gloveman. Karthik smashed Navdeep Saini for successive boundaries before Shahbaz switched his gears and tonked a flurry of boundaries and sixes against the likes of Saini, Boult, and Prasidh.
Shahbaz was cleaned up by Boult while he attempted to play the scoop but the job was already done as RCB required 15 runs in the last two overs. Karthik hit Prasidh for two fours in a row to give the finishing touches to RCB with his breathtaking 23-ball 44, including seven fours and a six.
That Ravichandran Ashwin over was when the game was lost for RR: Carlos Brathwaite
Brathwaite, who played 16 IPL games for Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Kolkata Knight Riders, pointed out that Ashwin’s over which went for 21 runs was the turning point of the match.
“That Ravichandran Ashwin over was when the game was lost. But the new ball was key for RR to get over the line. The way the RCB openers played is what I think set up the chase and even allowed a provision for them to lose a few quick wickets and still be in the game,” Brathwaite told ESPNcricinfo.
RCB will play their next match against Mumbai Indians on April 9 while RR will meet Lucknow Super Giants on April 10.