Furious Mayank Yadav pushes RCB towards another defeat at home

Furious Mayank Yadav
Mayank Yadav removed Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green.
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Furious Mayank Yadav

On the strength of Mayank Yadav’s 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 difficult surface. In reply, RCB struggled to find momentum in their run chase. Some fine efforts in the field from Devdutt Padikkal and Nicholas Pooran also helped LSG’s cause.

Mayank Yadav’s magic has gone to hell

If you thought Mayank was fast in the last game, he was even faster on Tuesday, consistently crossing the 150 kmph mark, and even reaching 156.7. But before he could bowl the ball in the middle overs, Faf du Plessis decided to take a tight single after hitting it straight to Devdutt Padikkal at mid-wicket, leading to his fall.

Furious Mayank Yadav pushes RCB towards another defeat at home

After a steady start, both RCB openers were out by then, but Mayank’s explosive spell kept LSG in control. Glenn Maxwell was run down to pull and Cameron Green could not move his feet as both were out in quick succession. The Indian batsmen – Anuj Rawat and Rajat Patidar – survived their first spells, but the scoring rate dropped significantly when the fast bowler was in operation.

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Once Mayank was removed from the attack, Patidar relaxed for a while and gave RCB some momentum and hope, but Mayank returned to bowl his final over and sent Patidar back to the pavilion with a pull. The fast bowler bowled 16 dot balls and took 3 wickets for 14 runs.

What happened before that?

Defending a near-par score, LSG launched the attack with two left-arm spinners – M Siddharth and Krunal Pandya, both of whom often clocked over 100 kmph – against Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. . There were times when Kohli got aggressive against Pandya, but his opening pair were mostly content to drive the ball around the gaps and reverse the strikes. Despite facing an unpredictable match, the duo added 40 runs from the first 25 balls of their partnership before Kohli’s attempted hit out resulted in him getting a top edge to backward point.

Can RCB fight back?

Mahipal Lomror, who was brought in as an impact substitute in the 13th over of the chase, came on when it looked like LSG were well in the contest. However, the southpaw launched an attack in which he scored 32 runs off his first 10 balls. He hit two sixes and a four on Yash Thakur in the 16th over and then kept the match alive by hitting another four and a six on Naveen Ul Haq in the next over. However, LSG kept picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Rawat and Dinesh Karthik became victims of bouncers while Mayank Dagar was run out by Puran with a direct hit from long off. Lomror also finally got going in the 18th over, hitting it straight to long off and effectively ending RCB’s chase. Mohammed Siraj hit a few sixes but RCB ultimately fell 28 runs short of LSG’s total.

How did LSG start their innings?

When Quinton de Kock came out to bat, he was in a mental state. Even after being beaten by Reece Topley in the opening over, he attacked the left-arm pacer. After getting a top-edge which flew over the slip for a boundary, he held his own and hit a few more boundaries at both ends of the ground. He also continued the attack against Mohammed Siraj in the third over and hit the fast bowler for two sixes towards fine leg and square leg respectively.

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However, while he had scored 29 runs off his first 12 balls, KL Rahul at the other end was once again cautious with his strokeplay, scoring only six runs off his first 10 balls. The LSG captain finally broke free in the fifth over when he hit Yash Dayal for a six down the ground. He continued to show aggression in the last over of the powerplay against Glenn Maxwell and briefly managed to hit a six over the off, although Rajat Patidar managed to catch the ball with his palms. However, the risky slogging ultimately backfired as he sent Maxwell to the cover fielder.

two-paced pitch, two-paced innings

De Kock continued to command LSG’s innings even after the powerplay. However, it was in two parts – at times compressed and in several stages, highly productive. On a pitch where the ball was stopping a bit, it was proving difficult for the batsmen to time the ball. Maxwell was effective in the middle overs, especially when coming up against the left-handed pair of De Kock and Devdutt Padikkal.

Topley made a comeback in the first over after the powerplay and hit De Kock several times. The southpaw got his first reprieve when he made an error in slogging it past the mid-off fielder, where Maxwell could not stop the ball despite a brilliant diving effort. After the powerplay, RCB gave only 36 runs in five overs and brought the scoring rate close to 8 per over.

Then De Kock started finding the boundary again. Mayank Dagar was the first to bowl poorly and bear the brunt of their attack and then Cameron Green was dismissed for 19 with the fast bowler struggling to get his length correct.

Even when De Kock was out after scoring 81 runs, he did not get enough support from the other end. Padikkal struggled and scored 6 runs in 11 balls. Stoinis hit some powerful hits but his innings lasted only 15 balls. Nicholas Pooran also had to struggle, scoring only 8 runs in the first 10 balls.

attack on puran

Even though RCB’s plan of bowling outside the crease was predictable, Yash Dayal proved to be quite effective with his strategy, mixing his yorkers, slower balls and bouncers well. He gave only seven runs while bowling two overs in the last six. In the process of getting hit out, Ayush Badoni was caught at extra cover on zero on the third ball.

Pooran also missed a few, especially against Topley and Siraj. But he also connected some and took full advantage of them. After Anuj Rawat gave a fairly easy chance to Puran for 2, the left-hander hit five sixes and a four to take LSG to 181, a total that looked quite achievable around the 13th over , but started slipping away from the LSG’s grip. End of 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 153/5 in 19.4 overs (Mahipal Lomror 33) ,Rajat Patidar 29) ; Mayank Yadav 3-14, Naveen Ul Haq 2-25) by 28 runs

what next?

After their second consecutive defeat at home, RCB are set to head to Jaipur in the hope of a change in fortunes. They will face unbeaten Rajasthan Royals on April 6. LSG, on the other hand, will return home to play against Gujarat Titans on April 7.

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