Fans hail Dinesh Karthik as New ‘Mr FINISHER’ as he carries India to win


IND vs SA Live: India vs South Africa Live: Dinesh Karthik 2.0 is a revelation and he continued his explosive form in Royal Challengers Bangalore colours in India jersey. Indian cricket fans were in all praise for India’s newest finisher DK after he smashed a 27-ball 55, ending his 16-year wait for a T20 half-century in India colours. Follow IND vs SA Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

With that, he became the oldest Indian player to score a T20I half-century, breaking MS Dhoni’s record. Thanks to his 55-run knock and a 65-run stand with Hardik Pandya, India posted 169. Bowlers did the rest of the job as Avesh Khan starred with 4/18, dismissing South Africa for 87, their lowest score. With that India cruised to an 82-run victory, their biggest over South Africa in a T20I.

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Dinesh Karthik who came to the crease when India were 81/4 in 12.5 overs, had a big task in hand. Although Hardik Pandya was batting well, he needed a partner to go for the onslaught. Karthik became the perfect batter.

With two sixes and nine boundaries in his 27-ball knock, India added 76 runs in 39 balls. Before he came to the crease, India scored 84 off 77 balls.

Sunil Gavaskar was mighty impressed with Karthik’s knock and said he would be very surprised if he was not in India’s squad for T20 World Cup in Australia.

IND vs SA Live: Fans hail Dinesh Karthik as New ‘Mr FINISHER’ as DK 2.0 carries India to win like he did with RCB: Check OUT

Dinesh Karthik received a recall from Team India after three years. It was his performances in RCB colours that forced selectors to include him even though it seemed Karthik had taken unannounced retirement. But everyone was wrong.

Karthik scored 330 runs in 16 matches for RCB with a strike rate of 183.33. It was his performances that rescued RCB from difficult situations. On Friday, he did it once again in India colours.

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IND vs SA Live: Fans hail Dinesh Karthik as New ‘Mr FINISHER’ as DK 2.0 carries India to win like he did with RCB: Check OUT

IND vs SA Live: Stat Attack

  • 55- It was Dinesh Karthik’s highest and maiden half-century in India colours in T20Is.
  • 55- Dinesh Karthik broke the record of MS Dhoni to become the oldest India player to score a half-centuries in T20Is.
  • 82- India won by 82 runs, making it the biggest margin of win against South Africa.
  • Biggest win by runs for India vs SA in T20Is:
    82 runs Rajkot 2022
    48 runs Vizag 2022
    37 runs Durban 2007
  • 87/9 – It was the lowest T20I total for South Africa. Their previous lowest score was 89 against Australia in 2020.
  • Lowest totals for SA in T20Is:
    87 vs Ind Rajkot 2022*
    89 vs Aus Joburg 2020
    96 vs Aus Cape Town 2020
    98 vs SL Colombo RPS 2018

IND vs SA Live: Fans hail Dinesh Karthik as New ‘Mr FINISHER’ as DK 2.0 carries India to win like he did with RCB: Check OUT

With Team India still looking for the perfect finisher role, Dinesh Karthik might be the answer apart from Hardik Pandya. India have missed a proper hard-hitting finisher ever since MS Dhoni retired. But in DK, Indian cricket fans have found their new Mr Finisher.

As India have levelled the series against South Africa 2-2, the final T20 in Bengaluru will be where Dinesh Karthik will be looking to excel. It’s his familiar ground and will have huge support from Royal Challengers Bangalore fans.

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