Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in their IPL 2022 encounter at DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday. Dinesh Karthik, a former KKR player, scored a 7-ball 14 and played a significant role in RCB’s win with skipper Faf du Plessis branding him ‘as ice cool as MS Dhoni’. This win is significant as RCB, despite posting a 205 against the Punjab Kings, lost against a power-packed batting line-up in their season opener.
RCB players and coaches opened up about the positives of their win over KKR. While the Sri-Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga spoke about working on his lines and length, Harshal Patel explained his maiden over against Andre Russell. Dinesh Karthik talked about his finisher’s role and the coaches backed them up.
Dinesh Karthik admitted that despite being experienced, he was nervous when he went into bat in the closing stages, against a team he led in the past.
“Every game is a new game and every day is a new day. You do feel nervous even though they have been in similar situations before,” Dinesh Karthik said in a video shared on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
“The coach told me that he will be holding me back. I said ‘okay, whatever the team plans, I am happy’. I was looking forward to the opportunity. It’s good it came out well,” he said.
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Asked about why DK was held back, coach Sanjay Bangar, explained, “Most of the bowlers are out and out swing bowlers like Umesh and Southee. We saw how both left-handers went in and negotiated the swing really well. It was critical to have another left-hander after that because we believed that Shahbaz would hit the ball to different pocket. By holding DK back, who absorbs the pressure really well and he is a proven finisher. No matter how small the contribution, it helped us cross the line.”
HASARANGA, HARSHAL STAR
Wanindu Hasaranga was the star for RCB with 4 for 20 and his four-wicket burst helped RCB dismiss KKR for 128.
He said, “I learnt some things from the last game, so I adjusted my length and my pace. I did a lot of talking with the spin bowling coach Sri (Sridharan Sriram), so that’s what I did today.”
RCB pacer Harshal Patel, purple cap winner of last season, returned to his best form with back-to-back maiden overs against KKR as he also claimed two crucial wickets of Sam Billings and Andre Russell. He also became the second bowler after his teammate Mohammed Siraj to bowl consecutive maiden overs in IPL history.
“I have never bowled a maiden in IPL, so bowling two back-to-back was a surprise,” Patel added.
Left-handed Shahbaz Ahmed played a crucial cameo of 27 off 20 balls to relieve some pressure on RCB during the chase.
“Power toh dil me hain. It was not a question of revenge. The situation at the time demanded it. Russell was their fifth bowler, so we had to go after him. I whacked him for two big hits, so the contest sort of became equal in the end,” he added.
Bangalore will next face the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 5.