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IPL-2024: Lucknow Super Giants registered a 28-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore

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Lucknow Super Giants defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 28 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru last night. Chasing a target of 182, Bengaluru were all out for 153 runs in 19.4 overs. Earlier, put in to bat first, Lucknow posted a target of 181 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. 

LSG pacer Mayank Yadav who took three wickets, was adjudged as the Player of the Match. Mayank clocked 156.7 km per hour to bowl the fastest delivery in the ongoing edition and overall the fourth fastest in the history of the entire tournament.

Led by Mayank Yadav’s fiery spell of fast bowling, Lucknow Super Giants registered a 28-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday. Quinton de Kock’s 81 paved the way for LSG to post 181 for 5 on a tricky surface. In response, RCB struggled to find momentum in their run chase. Some fine efforts in the field by Devdutt Padikkal and Nicholas Pooran also helped LSG’s cause.

If you thought Mayank was fast in the previous game, he was faster on Tuesday, consistently powering past the 150kmph mark, and clocking even as high as 156.7. But even before he could burst through the middle over, Faf du Plessis’s decision to take a tight single after hitting straight to Devdutt Padikkal at mid wicket, brought about his downfall.With both the RCB openers dismissed by then after a steady start, Mayank’s explosive spell kept LSG in check. Glenn Maxwell was rushed into a pull and Cameron Green couldn’t get his feet moving as both were dismissed in quick succession. The Indian batters – Anuj Rawat and Rajat Patidar – had survived his first spell but the scoring rate had significantly dropped when the pacer was in operation.

Patidar cut loose briefly once Mayank was taken out of the attack and gave some momentum and hope to RCB’s chase, but Mayank returned to bowl his final over and hurried Patidar on a pull and sent him back to the pavilion. The pacer delivered 16 dot balls and returned figures of 3 for 14.

Defending a near-par total, LSG opened the attack with two left-arm spinners – M Siddharth and Krunal Pandya, both often operating at over 100kph – against Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. There was a point when Kohli went on the offensive against Pandya, but they opening duo was mostly content with working the ball around gaps and turning the strike over. Despite coming up against an unfancied match-up, the duo added 40 runs in the first 25 balls of their partnership before Kohli’s attempt to hit out resulted in him getting a top edge to backward point.

Mahipal Lomror, who was brought in as the Impact Substitute in the 13th over of the chase, by when it seemed liked LSG were way ahead in the contest. However, the southpaw launched an attack in which he picked up 32 runs off his first 10 deliveries. He smacked two sixes and a boundary off Yash Thakur in the 16th over and then followed up with another boundary and a six off Naveen ul Haq in the next to keep contest slightly alive. However, LSG kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals.

Rawat and Dinesh Karthik fell to bouncers while Mayank Dagar was run out by a fiery direct hit from long off by Pooran. Lomror too eventually departed in the 18th over, smashing straight to long off, and effectively ending RCB’s chase. Mohammed Siraj hit a couple of sixes but RCB eventually fell 28 runs short of LSG’s total.

Quinton de Kock wasn’t in two minds when he walked out to bat. Even after being beaten early by Reece Topley in the opening over, he took the attack to the left-arm pacer. After getting a top-edge which flew for a boundary over slips, he found his groove and struck a couple of more boundaries on either end of the ground. He kept the attack going even against Mohammed Siraj in the third over, flicking the pacer for a couple of sixes towards fine leg and square leg respectively.

However, while he had surged to 29 runs off his first 12 deliveries, KL Rahul, at the other end, was cautious with his strokeplay early on yet again, managing only six runs off his first 10 deliveries. The LSG skipper eventually broke free late in the fifth over when he hit Yash Dayal for a six down the ground. He continued to show that aggression in the last over of the powerplay against Glenn Maxwell, and briefly succeeded with sweeping the offie for a six even as Rajat Patidar did manage to get his palms to the ball. However, the risky slogging eventually backfired as he top-edged Maxwell to the cover fielder.

De Kock continued to hold the charge of LSG’s innings even after the powerplay. However, it was in two parts – at times being constricted and in phases, highly productive. On a pitch where the ball was holding on a bit, it was proving difficult for the batters to time the ball. Maxwell was effective in the middle overs, especially while coming up against the left-handed duo of de Kock and Devdutt Padikkal.

In the first over after the powerplay, Topley returned and beat de Kock a couple of times. The southpaw even got his first reprieve when he mistimed a slog over the mid off fielder where Maxwell couldn’t hold on despite a terrific diving effort. In the five overs after Powerplay, RCB conceded only 36 runs and brought the scoring rate close to 8 an over.

That’s when De Kock started to find boundaries again. First Mayank Dagar, bowling poor lines, bore the brunt of his attack and then Cameron Green was taken apart for 19 runs with the seamer struggling to get his lengths right.

Even as De Kock blazed away to 81, he couldn’t find ample support from the other end. Padikkal struggled his way to a 11-ball 6. Stoinis hit a few lusty blows but his innings lasted merely 15 balls. Nicholas Pooran too struggled early on scoring only 8 runs off the first 10 balls.

Even as RCB’s plans to bowl wide off the crease was predictable, Yash Dayal proved quite effective with the tactic, mixing up his yorkers, slower balls and bouncers well. Bowling two overs in the last six, he conceded only seven runs. In the process to hit out, Ayush Badoni was caught at extra cover for a third-ball duck.

Pooran too missed a few, especially against Topley and Siraj. But he connected a few as well, and took full toll of those. After Anuj Rawat put down a fairly easy chance to dismiss Pooran on 2, the southpaw hammered five sixes and a boundary to power LSG to 181, a total that seemed quite gettable around the 13th over mark, but began to slip away from LSG’s grasp by the end of the 18th over.

Brief Scores: Lucknow Super Giants 181/5 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 81, Nicholas Pooran 40; Glenn Maxwell 2-23, Yash Dayal 1-24) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 153 in 19.4 overs (Mahipal Lomror 33, Rajat Patidar 29; Mayank Yadav 3-14, Naveen ul Haq 2-25) by 28 runs

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