IPL 2022: Faf Du Plessis and Josh Hazlewood lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to an 18-run victory over the Lucknow Super Giants
Regal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs within the IPL on Tuesday; much obliged to captain Faf du Plessis‘ breezy 96 and Josh Hazlewood’s eminent bowling. After being called into bat, du Plessis, 37; surged back to make with a 64-ball thump to assist RCB post 181 for six after being sent into bat.
RCB confined LSG to 163 for eight with the assistance of pace initiate Hazlewood (4/25); who took two wickets forthright and two at the other conclusion to claim their 6th win of the season.
Both Hazlewood and du Plessis’ outstanding individual efforts, though; may be overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the two-ball sequence that led to Marcus Stoinis’ wicket; in which a wide outside off was not called and he shuffled; way too much in the following delivery before playing on.
Despite this, RCB has moved up to second place in the points table, while LSG has dropped to fourth.
Du Plessis, who had not scored a significant run since his amazing 88 in RCB’s opening game of the season; anchored the innings to perfection and was only bowled on the last ball of the final over.
Hazlewood shattered LSG’s chase early on with a superb opening performance. He quickly dispatched the dangerous Quinton de Kock (3); and Manish Pandey (6), taking advantage of the bounce and movement on offer.
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The Australian fast bowled an economical performance, conceding only 25 runs while maintaining his line and length.
Soon after Pandey, LSG captain KL Rahul returned to the dugout after a delivery; down the leg-side kissed his bat, prompting RCB to review it. Thanks to the fantastic review, UltraEdge saw a jump, and RCB had a major breakthrough.
While Krunal Pandya (42) was scoring at a rapid pace, he seemed uneasy against Glenn Maxwell and was eventually removed. LSG was unable to bring together long-term key organizations. Deepak Hooda (13), Stoinis (24) and Ayush Badoni (13) all failed to capitalize on their opportunities. Harshal Patel (2/47) had two wickets, while Mohammed Siraj (1/31) and Maxwell (1/11) both had one batter dismissed. Earlier in his DY Patil Stadium innings, du Plessis had; 11 boundaries and two sixes, playing strokes all over the ground.
The Super Monsters welcomed RCB to bat, and whereas the bowlers struck at standard interims; they couldn’t halt the previous South African skipper. Dushmantha Chameer (2/31 off 3) of Sri Lanka conveyed a beneficial to begin with over for LSG; taking the wickets of opener Anuj Rawat (4) and Virat Kohli (0); who proceeded his inconveniences with the bat with being rejected for a first-ball duck. Maxwell (23) was trusting to keep his hot streak going within the IPL. Within the third over, the Australian played a counter-attacking innings, pummeling Chameera for two fours and a six. The all-rounder, on the other hand, was rejected after a brief cameo whereas playing his favorite shot; the switch hit, as LSG recaptured control of the coordinate.
As RCB slumped to 44/3, Maxwell attempted a reverse sweep off a Krunal Pandya (1/29) delivery but failed to middle it, with a diving Jason Holder completing the catch.
Suyash Prabhudessai (10) followed a few overs later, while du Plessis ensured RCB maintained a strong scoring rate.
Du Plessis contributed 70 runs for the fifth wicket with Shahbaz Ahmed (26), the latter playing the perfect second fiddle.
With Dinesh Karthik (13 not out), who is in imperious form, at his side; the seasoned batter switched gears in the slog overs. They put RCB over the 180-run barrier as a team. With one ball remaining in the innings, Du plessis came close to reaching; his first IPL century, but was removed by Holder.