Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday (April 5) recorded a hard-fought four-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their IPL 2022 encounter at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing 170 to win, RCB were reeling at 87/5 but the duo of Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik rose to the occasion in the crunch situation, adding 67 runs for the sixth wicket in double quick time to put the team on the brink of victory.
While Shahbaz fell for 26-ball 45, Karthik held the one end firmly. He remained unbeaten on 44 off 23 deliveries while Harshal Patel (9*) hit the final six to take RCB home.
After the victory, a special victory song was sung by the RCB players in the dressing room. In a video shared by the franchise on Twitter, skipper Faf du Plessis led the victory song as the players celebrated their win.
The lyrics of the victory song were: "The pants are red, the shirt is blue, the golden lion shining through, we're RCB we are playing bold, Go to the final, on our own. A finer kit you'll never see, a finer team there'll never be. Those other teams, don't bother me, from RCB I'm proud to be. A finer kit you'll never see, a finer team there'll never be. Those other teams, don't bother me, I'm proud to be from RCB, RCB, RCB, RCB."
This was RCB's second win in the ongoing IPL from three matches and the three-time finalists have started well under the new skipper Du Plessis.
With Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood available for selection from the next game, the RCB fans will be hopeful about their team's chances in the 2022 edition of IPL.