After being defeated by Punjab Kings in their first game, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won back-to-back games in IPL 2022. South African batsman Faf du Plessis has taken over as the franchise’s sixth captain. Fans will rely on his vast experience to quench their thirst for an elusive IPL victory.
Bangalore’s Royal Challengers crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets in a low-scoring thrill ride at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. With the match tied at 129, the match went into the last over before Dinesh Karthik hit Andre Russell for six and four to end it.
The red and gold brigade didn’t get off to a good start in the chase, as they lost their top three batsmen, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Anuj Rawat, in the first three overs at a score of 17. However, David Willey and Sherfane Rutherford contributed 45 runs for the fourth wicket. Following Willey’s departure, Shahbaz batted brilliantly (27 off 20 balls) and combined 39 with Rutherford to bring the game to a close when KKR lost three fast wickets in the space of seven balls one of which was a superb catch by Sheldon Jackson.
However, with 17 needed off the final 12 balls, Dinesh and Harshal saw the game through to the end, winning with four balls to spare and three wickets in hand.
With this, RCB additionally gained their first win of the time. In the meantime, Wanindu Hasaranga arose as the champion bowler from the RCB camp as they packaged KKR on 128 after welcoming them to bat first. The spinner gained four wickets in his portion and surrendered only 20 runs. After that, however, KKR began on a sad note losing Venkatesh Iyer 10 (14), Ajinkya Rahane 9 (10), and Nitish Rana 10 (5) in the powerplay overs. Shreyas Iyer likewise neglected to do much as he was excused on 13 (10).
Andre Russell figured out how to light the arena for certain gigantic sixes, yet he could score 25 off 18 balls. Three wickets were taken by Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee in the powerplay overs for the RCB. David Willey and Sherfane Rutherford then sewed a crucial alliance, and Shahbaz Ahmed also contributed with an essential 27 runs in 20 balls.
Earlier in the evening, KKR could only muster 128 runs courtesy of some poor hitting by Russell (25) and Umesh Yadav (18 off 12 balls) since if those runs had not been added, reaching even 100 would have been challenging because the Wanindu Hasaranga storm blew in half the squad.
Top fantasy cricket tips (For all those cricket lovers):
- Faf du Plessis is the team’s captain and a right-handed batter for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He hit 88 runs in the previous game and can have a significant influence again so you may want to have him in your fantasy cricket team. He can be chosen as a captain to maximise your points.
- Virat Kohli is a Royal Challengers Bangalore right-handed batsman. He hammered 44 runs in the previous round and will look to capitalise on the early start in this encounter.