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‘Patidar baked the cake, Dinesh Karthik adding the icing’ – Twitter thrilled by DK show in Eliminator against LSG

Dinesh Karthik was superlative once against for the Royal Challengers, providing a brutal finish to their innings against Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday. He scored an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls at a strike-rate of 160, smashing five fours and a six in his cameo. Karthik’s innings helped RCB set LSG a formbidable target of 207.

Today Karthik had his share of luck. He was dropped on 1 off Mohsin Khan, when KL Rahul spilled a tough chance off a leading edge. In true DK style, he made the most of it. After being a spectator while centurion Rajat Patidar bludgeoned Ravi Bishnoi for 26 runs in the sixteenth over, Karthik decided he wanted in on the action too.

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Dinesh Karthik, Rajat Patidar score 84 off the last five overs, RCB score 207

DK’s first ten balls produced only six balls; then he struck Avesh Khan for two boundaries, and a third flew for four off the edge of his bat.In the penultimate over he and Patidar worked together to obliterate Dushmantha Chameera – each of them smacked a boundary and a six in an over that went for 21 runs.

Karthik has had a tremendous IPL season, averaging 64 with 324 runs from 15 innings so far, while batting at an absurd strike-rate of 187.

The two teams are playing the first Eliminator of the IPL playoffs, the winner of whom will play Eliminator 2 against Rajasthan Royals to go through to the final. The Gujarat Titans have already booked their final spot after defeating the Royals in Qualifier 1 on Monday.

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