Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is locking horns with Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 60th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. RCB wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik was constantly repeating that Shikhar Dhawan will play a slog sweep and it eventually brought his wicket.
Earlier in the game, RCB skipper, Faf du Plessis won the toss and asked PBKS to bat first and his bowlers didn’t disappoint. As far as the changes are concerned, RCB made no change in their playing XI, while PBKS brought in Harpreet Brar to replace Sandeep Sharma.
PBKS openers, Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow gave a fiery start as they had reached 50/0 in just four overs. Bairstow was the aggressor, scoring 34 off 13 balls, while Shikhar Dhawan scored 15 off 11 balls. The fifth over was bowled by Glenn Maxwell, who opened the innings with the ball.
Shikhar Dhawan welcomed Glenn Maxwell with a six-over long-on. Since then, Dinesh Karthik, the RCB’s keeper, started speaking to Maxwell and the fielders that a slog-sweep would come off Dhawan’s bat immediately. The prediction was almost right, only had Dhawan hit the last ball of that over, off Maxwell. It was short of a length delivery towards the off stump, but Shikhar Dhawan seemed lazy to get a contract and as a result, he lost his wicket. He scored 21 off 15 balls, with two fours and one six.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh
Here is how the fans reacted:
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 13, 2022
DK was continuously shouting slog-sweep coming and Dhawan eventually got out in that way.
— Aditya (@Adityakrsaha) May 13, 2022
— Ramesh Panchal (@RameshP00463677) May 13, 2022
DK to MAXI: Slog sweep coming! Slog sweep coming!
— RCBIANS OFFICIAL (@RcbianOfficial) May 13, 2022
DK kept teasing & saying
"slog sweep is coming boysss"
— Siddhant (@CricSidd) May 13, 2022
I think DK will keep playing cricket for another half a decade. He will be full time both 😏
— Broken Cricket Dreams Cricket Blog (@cricket_broken) May 13, 2022
— Mudit 🇮🇳 (@MuditHastir) May 13, 2022
After all Aaj Tak anchor was not wrong. @DineshKarthik has just reversed the role of being a full-time cricketer and part time commentator
— Shubham Rajput (@shubham_rajput7) May 13, 2022