RCB defeated LSG by 18 runs in the IPL on Tuesday. Thanks to skipper Faf du Plessis’ breezy 96 and Josh Hazlewood’s brilliant bowling. After a string of low scores, du Plessis, 37, roared back to form with a 64-ball knock to help RCB post 181 for six after being sent into bat. Pace spearhead Hazlewood (4/25) then took two wickets early on and two at the end as RCB limited LSG to 163 for eight to claim their fifth win of the season.
The chatter surrounding the two ball sequence leading to Marcus Stoinis’ wicket. In which a wide outside off wasn’t called, follow by him shuffling way too much in the next delivery and playing on, may have overshadow both Hazlewood and du Plessis’ brilliant individual performances.
IPL Points Table: RCB move up to 2nd place, while LSG has dropped to 4th.
Opening the innings, du Plessis, who hasn’t score a big run since his sensational 88 in RCB’s first game of the season. Anchor the innings to perfection and was caught on the penultimate ball of the final over.
Hazlewood shook LSG’s chase early on with a fine opening spell. Using the bounce and movement on offer, he quickly dispatched the dangerous Quinton de Kock (3) and Manish Pandey (6).
The Australian fast bowler, who was consistent with his line and length, bowled a tight spell, conceding only 25 runs.
Soon after Pandey, LSG skipper KL Rahul returned to the dugout after a delivery down the leg-side kissed his bat and RCB decided to review it. UltraEdge showed a spike, and RCB received a massive breakthrough as a result of the excellent review.
While Krunal Pandya (42) was scoring runs at a good clip, he look uneasy against Glenn Maxwell and was eventually dismiss by the Australian.
LSG were unable to form significant partnerships. Deepak Hooda (13), Stoinis (24), and Ayush Badoni (13) all blew their chances.
Harshal Patel (2/47) took two wickets, while Mohammed Siraj (1/31) and Maxwell (1/11) each dismissed one batter.
RCB to an 18-run victory over LSG
The Super Giants invited RCB to bat, and while the bowlers struck at regular intervals, they had no answers for the former South African captain.
Dushmantha Chameer (2/31 off 3) of Sri Lanka bowled a productive first over for LSG, taking the wickets of opener Anuj Rawat (4) and Virat Kohli (0), whose struggles with the bat continue as he was out for a first-ball duck.
Suyash Prabhudessai (10) followed a few overs later, as du Plessis ensured RCB kept scoring at a healthy rate.
Du Plessis added 70 runs for the fifth wicket with Shahbaz Ahmed (26), the former playing the perfect second fiddle.
In the slog overs, the veteran batter switched gears with Dinesh Karthik (13 not out), who is in imperious form himself, by his side. They helped RCB surpass the 180-run mark. Du Plessis on his way to his first IPL century when he caught by Holder with one ball remaining in the game.