Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) squared off in the 43rd game of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. After winning the toss, RCB captain Faf du Plessis decided to bat first in order to make a comeback.
Against LSG, RCB starters Kohli and Du Plessis provided a reliable start. The pair scored 11 runs off all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in the second over, giving RCB their breakthrough over. From Naveen-ul Haq’s over, the batters went on to score 12 runs, including a six from the Proteas batter and a four from Virat. After LSG’s regular captain KL Rahul suffered an injury early on in the match, Krunal Pandya was forced to assume the captaincy duties. He bowled an economical spell to swing the game in the home team’s favor. LSG displayed unwavering discipline and took advantage of the slow Lucknow pitch—aside from the two overs of Stoinis and Nvaeen—to successfully hold the visitors under 50 in the powerplay (42/0).
The openers, though, were successful up until For the home team, Ravi Bishnoi’s dismissal of the former India captain for just 31 runs in the ninth over was a significant victory. keeper-batter Nicholas Pooran stumped the 34-year-old batter when he misjudged the delivery and left the crease. The number three batsman was removed by Krishnappa Gowtham for just nine runs, giving LSG their second breakthrough as Anuj Rawat tried to join Du Plessis in a key partnership.
Once more coming to the attack, Bishnoi stuck, taking out Glenn Maxwell for four. After 12.4 overs, the 22-year-old bowler reduced RCB to 80/3 by hitting Maxwell in the pads, which the on-field umpire signaled out.
At Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB lost the first match between the two teams by one wicket. LSG is ranked second in the IPL 2023 points standings with 10 points. On the other hand, with eight points, RCB are sixth in the standings.