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Faf Du Plessis Explains The Reason Behind Tahan Karthik’s Return To Chase KKR


Dinesh Karthik exploded for RCB in the match against KKR© BCCI/IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday night to record their first win in IPL 2022. After losing in the first match to Punjab Kings, the Faf du Plessis team needed a win in this match and it was their bowlers who prepared it for them by throwing strong shot units Kolkata Knight Riders for 128. But the RCB batsmen made bad weather chasing a small amount after the top order collapsed in the face of some accurate bowling by Umesh Yadav.

Davis Willey and Sherfane Rutherford stabilized the innings and young Shahbaz Ahmed brought the team closer to target. RCB had an experienced Dinesh Karthik in their lineup but they decided to send Ahmed and the trick worked when the youngster reached some important boundaries to lower the demand rate and then Karthik played the perfect finisher role to bring home the team in the last run.

When asked about the decision to detain Karthik, the RCB du Plessis captain said that they wanted to use Karthik’s experience towards the end of the half.

“Just an experience towards the end. A cool and calm head. The run is never too far from the ball (the running rate required). We always felt, at least from the side, if we could keep the wicket in hand then that would be the key.

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“If they’re going to beat us, they’re going to beat us and we’re going to beat them then we have to keep the wicket in hand until the end. Just to get that composure towards the end. He’s probably almost the same as him. Be as cool as MS Dhoni can be in five the last round, so the experience was invaluable, “du Plessis said.

Karthik, who was with the Kolkata Knight Riders until last season remained unbeaten with 14 of 7 passes. He had played a key role in the first match against the Punjab Kings as well.

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