On Sunday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore had a fantastic start to their campaign by defeating five-time champions Mumbai Indians. The RCB batters showed remarkable determination, which was highly praised by Dinesh Karthik after the win. RCB’s chase of 172 runs was initiated with a superb opening partnership of 148 runs between Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli, which was achieved in just 14.5 overs.
“We played some good cricket, we got some wickets upfront, and we controlled it through the middle. Yes, they got away, in the end, a little bit, but yes, that tends to happen in T20 cricket. The way both openers batted was brilliant, two legends of this game came out with a lot of intent. You’ve got to understand that a match is played in Bangalore after three years. They have been deprived of the fact that they haven’t watched us closely,” Dinesh Karthik made a statement on Jio TV.
Arshad Khan managed to dismiss Faf du Plessis, who contributed 73 runs off 43 deliveries, following which Dinesh Karthik was sent to bat at No.3. However, the decision did not turn out to be fruitful as Karthik was dismissed for a duck in just three balls by Cameron Green. Karthik explained that RCB’s intention behind sending him up the order was to wrap up the game quickly.
“The intent was great, just the way we approached with the bat. We didn’t let go of the match anytime, we dominated the powerplay and played well through the middle. They made an honest effort, sending me out there, although it didn’t play. But it was a statement that they wanted to finish the game as early as possible. These are all positive signs for a team that is looking to set in stone the way it wants to play,” Dinesh Karthik brought his remarks to a close.