Faf du Plessis’ 96 takes RCB to 181/6

Mumbai, April 19 : Captain’s knock from Faf du Plessis took Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 181/6 against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) here at the DY Patil Sports Academy on Tuesday. Du Plessis lost his opening partner Anuj Rawat and then No.3 batter Virat Kohli cheaply in the very first over. With onus on him, du Plessis anchored the innings until Jason Holder denied him a century on the second last ball. The RCB skipper smashed 11 boundaries and two sixes in his 64-ball 96. Dushmantha Chameera stuck early, removing Rawat (4) who mistimed the fuller delivery and KL Rahul caught him at mid-off. In no time Chameera made it two-in-two as Kohli walked back for a golden duck. On an outside off, the former RCB skipper played it away from the body and Deepak Hooda completed the formalities at backward point. Glenn Maxwell (23 off 11), who looked in great touch, went for a reverse sweep but failed to time it and a superb catch by Holder off the bowling of Krunal Pandya forced the Australian to walk back. Suyash Prabhudessai (10), Shahbaz Ahmed (26) and Dinesh Karthik (13 not out) chipped in, but LSG bowlers prevented RCB from touching the 200-run mark. For RCB, Ravi Bishnoi (0/47) was the most expensive bowler. Holder (2/25) and Chameera (2/31) and Pandya (1/29) were among the wickets.

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