“At this stage, all teams would like to bowl first and know what they are chasing,” KL Rahul says. “Same team.” “Some of our guys are in amazing form, which is always good,” Faf du Plessis says. [On if he had won the toss] “I would have surprised you and bowled first. We are unchanged.”
Josh Hazlewood: “It’s always a challenge there at the end when batters are coming hard but we obviously had that big side there to try to use and I thought we used it pretty well all night. Faf’s been brewing. He’s had a few lean games coming off but tonight he took his time and kept the score going along and finished with a bang so credit to him. [On the ball not called a wide before Stoinis wicket] I tried to turn around and get back to my mark as quick as I could. I got pretty lucky on that one so I might have to get him a beer after that.”
KL Rahul: “I think we started really well after getting two wickets in the first over, to give away 50 in the Powerplay, we should have done better. 180 on that pitch was 15 or 20 runs extra that we gave away. The pitch was sticky. We got the early breakthroughs we were looking for but we couldn’t squeeze in the middle. We needed one big partnership – we saw what Faf did for RCB – I think we needed one batter in the top three or four to play long innings and for other batters to play around with him but we couldn’t get that.
We didn’t get partnerships and we couldn’t get a squeeze on with the ball. We have a really good team. I’m happy with how we’ve been playing. Yes, a couple of games where we could have done better, against Rajasthan, and here today we put them under pressure but we couldn’t sustain that for a bit longer. When we’re up, we have to keep the opposition down and restrict them to as low as possible and that’ll make batting easier chasing.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Lucknow Super Giants Highlights today, Tuesday 19-4-2022. 31st Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
Toss: LSG won and chose to bat second.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Faf (capt), Rawat, Kohli, Maxwell, Karthik (wk), Prabhudessai, Shahbaz, Hasaranga, Hazlewood, Harshal, Siraj.
Lucknow Super Giants team: Rahul (capt), Quinton (wk), Manish, Hooda, Badoni, Stoinis, Holder, Krunal, Avesh, Dushmantha, Bishnoi.
Faf du Plessis named Player of the Match: “Because of the nature of the ground, it’s quite big so you run a lot of twos. Towards the end, it can get a little bit tiring but it’s a good way to keep your fitness up. My elusive IPL hundred… I feel it is around the corner. Amazingly tonight we were in trouble, as we were in the last three or four games, but we have a knack of someone getting through it, stabilizing the innings, having composure, and then towards the end, we’re a very dangerous team.
Today, I’m grateful that I could do it. I was hungry for some runs. I wanted to make a big impact because the last few games had been quiet for me. I went through my own processes and blueprint for scoring runs so I had a clear mental image going into this match and am glad that it paid off. [I was tiring] but I was still in a mode where I felt I could still hit the ball.
If you bowled slow into the wicket to the big boundary, the ball stopped quite a bit so you never felt like you had enough power to clear the boundary. I think it was evident from everyone that with big boundaries if you bowled well it was difficult to score boundaries. There was quite a bit happening in those first three or four overs. They got us in trouble and somehow we found a way and just stuck right through the innings. But the bowlers are really on the top of their game.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 1
RCB Won: 1
LSG Won: 0
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Nitin Pandit
TV Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Chirra Ravikanthreddy
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 31st Match