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The IPL 2022 season has just become more happening. The game between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings has been shifted to the Brabourne Stadium after a covid scare in the Delhi Capitals team. The game is however going ahead and the tournament is on track. On Tuesday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore took on the Lucknow Super Giants. RCB won the match by 18 runs. It was Faf Du Plessis and his splendid batting that took the game away from the Lucknow. Here is an in-depth look: 

IPL 2022, LSG VS RCB, RCB Playing 11: 

Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj. 

IPL 2022, LSG VS RCB, LSG Playing 11: 

KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi. 

IPL 2022, LSG VS RCB, RCB Batting: 

The toss was won by KL Rahul and he decided to bowl first. This is becoming a very obvious decision as the dew plays a part in the later stage of the game. There were no significant changes in the teams.  

The RCB innings didn’t have the best of starts. Anuj Rawat was out in the first over itself trying to be extra aggressive. Dushmantha Chameera sent Virat Kohli back on the very next ball. This was a very rare phenomenon as Virat scored a golden duck. Next in was Glenn Maxwell who held his ground and supported Faf Du Plessis. In the mandatory powerplay, the RCB team managed to score 47 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Maxwell fell when the score was 44. Suyash Prabhudesai came in next.  

Before Prabhudesai could do much damage, he was sent back by Jason Holder for a score of 10 runs off 8 balls. Shahbaz Ahmed came in next. The left-hander held his ground alongside Faf Du Plessis. It looked like Faf finally had a partner at the other end. Shahbaz was also bashing the loose balls. But it was a very unfortunate run-out that sent him back to the pavilion.  

RCB were at 132-5 when he went back and DK came in to bat alongside Faf. The carnage of Faf began after this wicket. Faf went “all-guns-blazing” after Ahmed’s wicket. He was tonking almost every ball. He managed to get the team to an amazing score of 181-6 before perishing on the last ball. Du Plessis ended with 96 of 64 balls. His innings were very well-paced. It began on a steady note and ended with an epitome of sheer class.  

Brief Scores: 

  • Faf Du Plessis: 96 of 64 balls.  
  • Shahbaz Ahmed: 26 of 22 balls.  
  • Jason Holder: 2/25.  
  • Dushmantha Chameera: 2/31.

IPL 2022, LSG VS RCB, LSG Batting (Run- Chase): 

The run-chase also did not begin on the best of notes. LSG lost 2 quick wickets. Hazlewood bought in his “razzle-dazzle” before dismissing Quinton De Kock and Manish Pandey. LSG was down to 33-2. They managed to score 44 runs in the mandatory powerplay. Their captain KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya had joined hands to revive the innings.  

KL Rahul was batting in a league of his own. He had picked up from where he exactly started. KL played a crafty knock. His dismissal was a little eyebrow-raising. It was a ball down the leg-side which was not given wide. Harshal Patel was shocked to see that it was not wide. The umpire might have thought that the bat is involved. So, some anonymous RCB player suggested a review, because if the ball had touched the bat, it was a caught-behind dismissal. This was the exact case and KL had to walk back.  

Krunal Pandya kept on taking on the RCB bowlers. He attacked Shahbaz Ahmed’s left-arm spin and neutralized it. Deepak Hooda was supporting him. But before Hooda could do much damage, Siraj sent him back. The game was looking in balance with Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, and Marcus Stoinis yet to bat! But the second spell of Josh Hazlewood changed the game. He got rid of Ayush Badoni when the youngster was trying to play a ramp shot. And he got rid of Stoinis as well. Till then the game was set at 43 runs required on 18 balls. The dismissal of Stoinis dropped the curtains on the LSG innings. They folded for 163/8.  

Brief Scores: 

  • RCB won by 18 runs.  
  • Krunal Pandya: 42 of 28 balls. 
  • Josh Hazlewood: 4/25. 
  • Harshal Patel: 2/47. 

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