LSG won the toss and decided to chase. It was an obvious decision as its easy to chase at the Chinnaswamy stadium than anywhere else around the nation. As expected, LSG couldn’t perform well with the ball as only Mark Wood and Krunal Pandya were quite economical. Moreover, LSG conceded massive 212 runs and just took two wickets.
In the chase, the visitors had a rough start In the powerplay as they lost three wickets consecutively. KL Rahul (18) had gotten off to a gentle start but couldn’t capitalised on it. Later on it was Marcus Stoinis (65) who batted fiercly and brought LSG back in the game. Stoinis struck six fours and five sixes in his inning which helped LSG get through those difficult middle overs. Along with Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran (62) also played the game changers inning as he managed to hammer bowlers all around the park to bring require run-rate from 14 to nine. In Pooran’s knock which consisted four fours and seven sixes, it also registered fastest fifty of the season. Towards the end, Ayush Badoni (30) also was on song but unfortunately got hit wicket. On the final delivery, with one run to get, Harshal Patel tried to Mankad the non-striker but failed, thus in the following ball, LSG batters ran their hearts out to sneak a single which got LSG home with two points.
For RCB with the bat, Virat Kohli (61), Faf du Plessis (79*) and Glenn Maxwell (59), all were at their best tonight which helped then advance to another 200 plus runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium. While Kohli gave a quick start, Faf continued throughout the innings, playing an anchors knock. Their knock was followed by Maxwell’s one as even be provided important runs.
In the first innings with the ball, one two wickets were picked by the Lucknow-based side. Mark Wood and Amit Mishra were the bowlers who claimed one each.
Nicholas Pooran was adjudged Player of the Match for his dynamic batting show. Following this win, LSG are not sitting at the top of the table with six points.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 212/2, Overs 20, Faf du Plessis 79*, Amit Mishra 1/18
Lucknow Super Giants: 213/9, Overs 20, Marcus Stoinis 65, Mohammad Siraj 3/22