New Delhi. On Tuesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs in the IPL-2022 match. In this match played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 181 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, in response to which the Lucknow team could score 163 runs for 8 wickets. Lucknow captain KL Rahul blamed bowling for the defeat. Lucknow had to face the third defeat in 7 matches. At the same time, the Bangalore team reached the second place in the table by registering the 5th victory.
KL Rahul, the captain of the new IPL team Lucknow, said after the defeat that his bowlers allowed the opposition team to score 15 to 20 runs more despite a good start. Captain and opener Faf du Plessis scored 96 runs for Bangalore. The team was struggling for 62 runs at one time by losing 4 wickets but Du Plessis turned the tide of the match. After this, pacer Josh Hazlewood (4 for 25) did not allow Bangalore to achieve the target.
After the match, Rahul said, ‘I think we started well with 2 wickets in the first over but then let us score 50 runs (47 runs) in the powerplay, we should have done better. I think for 180 runs (181 runs) on this pitch, we gave them 15 or 20 runs more.
He further said, ‘The pitch was not easy to bat. We got the early wickets that we were looking for but in the middle overs we could not create pressure. Rahul also said that he needed a big partnership while chasing the target. He said, ‘We needed a big partnership. We saw what Faf did for RCB in this match. I think we should have played a big innings out of 3 or 4 batsmen in the top order.
Krunal Pandya scored 42 runs for Lucknow. Apart from him, captain Rahul scored 30 and Marcus Stoinis scored 24 runs in 15 balls. At the same time, apart from Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel took 2 wickets for Bangalore, while Mohammad Siraj and Glenn Maxwell took 1-1 wickets.