RCB vs LSG: Faf du Plessis had a calm and composed innings where he had scored 96 off 64. He pulled off the role of a captain very well. Josh Hazlewood supported the bowling department bagging 4 wickets which is also his career-best in the lucrative tournament. The combined efforts of the batting and bowling team made Lucknow lose the game by 18 runs in Mumbai.
RCB vs LSG: The early bumps that RCB had hit
The ship did not sail smoothly for RCB in the initial stage as an early strategy for power-hitting caused them to lose 2 early and important wickets for 7 runs. Both Avesh Khan and Dushmantha Chameera caused a lot of trouble up front. Chameera was well rewarded for the efforts that he had put in. He dismissed ex-skipper Kohli and Anuj Rawat off successive deliveries.
Glenn Maxwell held off the bowlers for a while by playing his trademark sense of adventure to push the pressure back onto LSG. In the 3rd over, he played a variety of shorts such as a drive through the covers and some pull shots to push RCB’s run rate close to 10.
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RCB vs LSG: Faf du Plessis turns the table around
RCB really required a slight window of hope in the middle of fallen wickets. Ravi Bishnoi ended up bowling a no-ball in the eighth over. Suyash Prabhudessai then blasted the free-hit for a six-over-long-off, which was followed by a boundary. Even though Prabhudessai was clean-bowled by Holder in the next over, the two strokes provided RCB some impetus.
After that, Du Plessis found an effective ally in Shahbaz Ahmed, with whom he established a crucial 70-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Du Plessis landed on his half-century seamlessly off 40 balls despite losing the support that he had on his journey, Shahbaz. He blasted Krunal for a six and a four in the 15th over. In the 18th over, he thwacked Bishnoi for a pair of boundaries, with the leg-spinner producing figures of 0 for 47 from four overs.
Dinesh Karthik hoisted Avesh over long-off for a six on the other end. Ultimately, Du Plessis fell four runs short of a century in the ultimate over when he holed out to deep backward square leg off Holder.
RCB vs LSG: Hazlewood and team back du Plessis
With certain external factors such as the absence of dew and tennis ball bounce. RCB’s bowlers found an opportunity of defending the target. Hazlewood made the early penetration into the batting line-up of LSG as he dislodged Quinton de Kock with the one that tipped off the seam. The spearhead sent Manish Pandey back to the dressing room. Harshal Patel scalped the wicket of the skipper KL Rahul.
LSG had some hope thanks to Krunal (42) and Marcus Stoinis (24) but it was not to be as RCB won their fifth game of the IPL season. With 10 points on the board, RCB has moved up to the second place.
RCB vs LSG: Brief scores
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 181/6 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 96; Dushmantha Chameera 2-31) beat Lucknow Super Giants 163/8 in 20 overs (Krunal Pandya 42; Josh Hazlewood 4-25) by 18 runs.