Match number 15 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants is sure to go down as a classic. The match saw over 400 runs being scored as Lucknow prevailed in a last ball thriller. Lucknow won by 1 wicket in the last ball of the game much to the heartbreak of the RCB fans.
The story as it happened –
KL Rahul won the toss and chose to bowl first on what looked a good wicket to bat on. The Lucknow skipper was looking for retribution as Royal Challengers Bangalore had beat Lucknow Super Giants in the play-off game last year.
Gautam Gambhir silences the crowd-
41 year old Gautam Gambhir is known to wear his heart on his sleeve. On Monday the former skipper of KKR was at his animated best. Post the game the former Indian opener was seen shaking hands with the Bangalore players. Post this, Gambhir made his way towards the crowd and asked them to quieten with the finger to the lips action.
Gambhir owns that Bratt chokli pic.twitter.com/IXfFTdktCT— Sameer💤 (@catchsameer05) April 10, 2023
Lucknow Super Giants poke fun at Royal Challengers Bangalore –
Soon after the win, Twitter was filled with tweets about the fantastic game they had seen. One of the tweets that caught the eye was of Lucknow Super Giants themselves, who wrote “Ladies and Gentlemen… This is How you PLAY BOLD”. LSG had written the Play Bold in BOLD letters also a play on the tag line of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ladies & gentlemen, this is how you...𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐘 𝐁𝐎𝐋𝐃 😌— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) April 10, 2023
K.G.F Trio power Bangalore to 212 –
Put into bat, Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis added 96 for the 1st wicket with Virat Kohli scoring 61. This was Kohli’s 2nd half century of the season and 46th of his IPL career. FaF Du Plessis top scored with 79* off 46 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes, while Maxwell scored 59 off 29 balls with 3 fours and 6 sixes. The assault meant Bangalore had posted a huge 212 runs on the board.
Lucknow rocked early with 3 quick wickets –
Kyle Mayers who has been in terrific touch was out for a 3rd ball duck when he was bowled by Mohammad Siraj. KL Rahul was looking to score runs against his favorite opponents but could score only 18 while Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya scored 9 and 0 respectively.
Marcus Stoinis brings Lucknow back into the game –
With the score reading 23/3, the Bangalore bowlers were on top. Stoinis came in and was dropped when he was yet to open his mark. With KL Rahul struggling, Stoinis took it upon himself to go after the Bangalore bowling. The Australian scored 65 off mere 30 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes. Stoinis and Rahul added 76 runs in 40 balls before Karn Sharma had the Australian caught by Shahbaz Ahmed.
Nicolas Pooran scores the fastest 50 of the tournament –
When KL Rahul fell with the score reading 105, Lucknow needed 108 off 53 balls. Ayush Badoni joined Nicolas Pooran as the pair went to destroy the Bangalore bowling. Pooran who has been in terrific form scored 62 off 18 balls with his half century coming in 15 deliveries. Pooran hit 4 fours and 7 sixes in his knock.
Lucknow win off the last ball –
Ayush Badoni played his part with 30 off 24 balls with 4 fours. Just when he looked like he had hit a six to win the game, it was learnt he had got himself out hit wicket. With 9 wickets down, Lucknow needed 1 run of 1 ball with Avesh Khan on strike. Harshal Patel tried to Mankad, Ravi Bishnoi but missed the ball.
Patel tried to hit the stumps again and connected but the umpire deemed it unfair. batters scampered for a bye as Avesh Khan celebrated wildly with the entire Lucknow bench coming to celebrate the famous win.
Oh my gosh. What a game!!! #TATAIPL2023— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 10, 2023
This game confirms everything we have been talking about strike rates. Kohli 61(44), eventual SR of 139 but got 16(15) at the end. Du Plessis 79(46) eventual SR of 172 but was 33(30). Those balls don't come back. And #RCB were short in the end. It is not about the eventual SR.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2023