Dinesh Karthik, a veteran cricketer, said before Royal Challengers Bangalore’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders that the team didn’t want to get too confident after a great win over Mumbai Indians. On Sunday, April 2, they were especially impressive because they beat the five-time champions by eight wickets at home.
Virat Kohli (82 runs off 49 deliveries) and captain Faf du Plessis (73 runs off 43 deliveries) made a very important partnership in the middle while the MI bowlers were clueless the whole game. After the amazing win, Karthik thought that there was a good amount of nervous energy in the group because the players cared about the team and wanted to win the IPL trophy.
“I think the group has a good amount of nervous energy, which shows that we care. We also don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We want to keep going in the same direction and build on the progress we’ve made so far in this IPL.
“In many ways, you can divide the IPL into two halves. In the first month of the season, you have to make sure the process is right and not get too far ahead of yourself. The second month is where it really matters, so make sure to go all out. India Today quoted Karthik as saying, “It’s the second month, and you have to keep up the same energy. That will help you cross the line.”
In their second game of the season, RCB lost to KKR.
Even though the RCB bowlers got off to a great start with the ball, Shardul Thakur caused a lot of trouble with the bat. The all-rounder hit 68 runs off of 29 balls, which helped KKR reach 204 runs at the end of the first innings. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rinku Singh also played some great cricket, so KKR would be happy to take all the good things from the game and build on them.
In the second innings, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, and Suyash Sharma completely wiped out Bangalore’s batting unit. This led to RCB’s collapse with the bat. Chakravarthy took four wickets in the match, which put him back in the running for the IPL Purple Cap. On the other hand, Suyash, who was playing in his first match, took three wickets, and Narine took two wickets as KKR easily won the match by 81 runs.
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