IPL 2022: RCB Jumps to Second Place after Defeating Lucknow in Tight Thriller
By: Riya Jha
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have jumped to the second position on the IPL points table with 10 points, defeating the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 18 runs at PY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. At the same time, LSG slipped to fourth on the table. It was RCB’s fifth win in the ongoing IPL season.
LSG won the toss and decided to hand over the batting to RCB. Pacer Dushmantha Chameera reduced them to seven for two in the first over, using the pitch’s extra bounce to send off RCB opener Anuj Rawat on the fifth ball. However, he didn’t stop there and dismissed Kohli for a golden duck as the former national captain got a thick edge off a bouncer and saw the ball fly into Deepak Hooda’s waiting hands at the backward point.
Faf du Plessis played a captain’s knock, scoring 96 runs in 64 balls in an innings that contained 11 fours and two sixes. Riding on du Plessis’ efforts, RCB posted a stiff 181/6 on the board. Glen Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed, who have been in delicate touch this season, added over 20 runs each.
Chasing a target of 182 runs, LSG could only muster 163 for eight in 20 overs in the face of Josh Hazlewood’s sensational bowling attack, which ended with him picking up four wickets to hand RCB a clinical victory. He is playing his first season for RCB and removed Quinton de Kock in his first over and Manish Pandey in his second.
Harshal Patel, the right-handed medium pacer, also contributed significantly to the team’s 18-run victory, sending LSG skipper KL Rahul on a caught behind at 30.
Before the match, LSG posted some cheeky comments for their opponents, “This is not your cup of tea,” LSG posted on its Twitter handle. After RCB's great win against LSG, they responded with an amusing GIF, which included KGF actor Yash’s famous dialogue from Chapter 1: “If you think you’re bad, I am your Dad!”
Currently, Gujarat Titans (GT) are in pole position with 10 points and are followed by RCB in the second position, who now also have 10 points.
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