Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost by 54 runs against Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 60th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, May 13.
Losing the toss and batting first, Punjab Kings batter Jonny Bairstow provided his team with an outstanding start. After Bairstow’s wicket, Liam Livingstone played a sensational knock and helped Punjab Kings (PBKS) score 209 runs.
Chasing the target, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost 3 wickets inside powerplay overs. Virat Kohli was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada in the 4th over and Rishi Dhawan dismissed Faf du Plessis and Mahipal Lomror in the 5th over. Then, Royal Challengers Bangalore kept losing wickets at regular intervals and they were able to score only 155 runs.
Speaking after the match, Faf du Plessis said that Jonny Bairstow put a lot of pressure on the RCB bowlers. He added that while chasing a huge target a team can’t afford to lose wickets in clusters, which RCB unfortunately did. He asserted:
“It was a good score, obviously Jonny the way he started put our bowlers under really pressure. I thought we pulled it back a bit. 200 was about par on that wicket, was a brilliant wicket. When you’re chasing scores like that, you can’t afford to lose wickets in clusters and unfortunately, that’s what happened to us.”
Every single way that you can possibly get out, is happening to him – Faf du Plessis on Virat Kohli
While talking about Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis said that he is getting out in every single way possible. He added that Kohli played some beautiful strokes today during his 20 runs knock. He elaborated:
“He (Kohli) is seeing the lighter side of it, every single way that you can possibly get out, is happening to him. That’s how the game works. All you can do is to keep trying hard, work hard and stay positive. He played some good shots tonight, obviously would want him to carry on. Bad patches happen to all of us, he’s taken it in the right note.”
Faf du Plessis further said that they will take a day off and then make plans for the next battle. He elaborated:
“Not a great outing for us tonight. Will take a day off and then see how we can switch on for a game that’s a must-win one for us. One more net session isn’t going to make you a better player, it’s about making yourselves stronger in the mind. If we play to our potential, we are a very strong side. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight.”
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