Queen’s Challengers Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, on May 1, in an IPL 2023 match with low scoring, Bangalore outplayed Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs.
In their opening innings, RCB scored 126/9 in 20 overs despite a minor rain delay. Faf du Plessis, the captain, led the way with 44 runs, and Virat Kohli, who bats first, chipped in with 31. In nine overs, the partnership scored 62 runs.
After the innings break, the RCB bowlers came out firing and dismissed LSG for 108 in 19.5 overs on a slow wicket that made life difficult for the batsmen. It didn’t help that LSG captain KL Rahul was hurt while fielding and didn’t start batting until nine wickets had fallen and his team needed 24 from eight deliveries. The top two RCB bowlers, pacer Josh Hazlewood and spinner Karn Sharma, respectively recorded 2/20 and 2/15.
The spinner’s performance was praised by JioCinema IPL expert Robin Uthappa, who said: “He was dropped after doing so well, notably getting wickets in Bangalore. In Bangalore, it’s essential to acquire wickets while not spending a lot of money. After Hasaranga entered the starting XI, he was not included in the side. In a T20 game, you can never have too many leg-spinners, right?
Anil Kumble, an IPL expert for JioCinema, was unimpressed by the heated confrontations that were witnessed between Kohli and former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who is now the team’s coach.
There is a lot of emotion involved, but you shouldn’t show it here. You need to talk to someone about this because it’s vital. However, this is something that must be avoided. You must always respect the other team and the game. When a game is over, you should shake hands and tip your hat off to the game itself rather than the player because you should respect that. I’m not sure what was said, but it might have included some personal remarks, and you don’t want that on the cricket pitch. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing to see, though, with Gautam and Virat and the players involved,” he said.
Kumble commented on Rahul’s injury by saying: “If KL was probably fit, we would’ve seen a different story here, especially on this kind of a surface.”