IPL 2024
Dinesh Karthik’s Cheeky Boundaries Steer RCB To Formidable Total against MI
By CricShots - Apr 11, 2024 10:44 pm
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In the IPL 2024 showdown between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium, Dinesh Karthik showcased his finishing prowess, steering RCB to a formidable total of 196/8 in the first innings. Karthik’s unbeaten 53 off just 23 deliveries, embellished with four sixes and five fours, proved pivotal in bolstering RCB’s scorecard.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik scored cheeky boundaries

Alongside Dinesh Karthik’s fireworks, Faf du Plessis (61 off 40) and Rajat Patidar (50 off 26) notched impressive half-centuries, while Virat Kohli endured an uncommon off day with a mere three runs to his name. Karthik’s entrance in the 13th over, following Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal for a duck, infused dynamism into RCB’s innings, as they garnered 88 runs from the subsequent 46 balls.

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The highlight of Karthik’s batting masterclass was his innovative scoop shots off pacer Akash Madhwal, directing the ball to the third-man region for four boundaries in the 15th over. Despite Madhwal’s attempts to deter Karthik by targeting the wide off-side, the seasoned campaigner adeptly manoeuvred his shots, capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

 

Breaking loose in the 16th over, Karthik unleashed a flurry of boundaries, plundering four fours off Madhwal’s bowling. His assertive strokeplay culminated in sixes on the final delivery of the 18th and 19th overs, amplifying RCB’s total. Despite Jasprit Bumrah’s commendable performance for MI, Karthik’s onslaught propelled RCB to a commanding finish.

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With this stellar innings, Karthik showcased his immense value as a finisher, exhibiting a strike rate of 230.43. His IPL career statistics, spanning 248 matches, underscore his consistency, amassing 4,659 runs at an average of 26.32, inclusive of 21 half-centuries.

Additionally, Karthik’s tally of 150 IPL sixes and 450 fours solidifies his stature as a seasoned campaigner. Notably, his stellar record against MI, accumulating 428 runs with two half-centuries, further underscores his proficiency in high-stakes encounters.