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Match 15, Bengaluru, April 02, 2024, 07:30 PM

2954 Lucknow Super Giants
1105 Royal Challengers Bengaluru

Lucknow Super Giants beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 28 runs

Best Batsmen
Best Bowler
Man of the Match
Mayank Yadav
Right then, that's it from the coverage of this game. The action in the Indian T20 League will continue on 3rd April 2024. In this game, Delhi will be going up against Kolkata. The first ball will be at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT), but as you know you can join us early for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye.
Mayank Yadav wins the Player of the Match award for his stunning bowling spell. He starts by saying that it feels really good to win POTM in two consecutive matches. States that his aim is to serve for the country for as long as possible. Informs that he loved the wicket of Green. States that to bowl at a good speed a lot of things are important which includes diet, sleep etc. This is what he aims at.
Lucknow's skipper KL Rahul says that it was a really good performance. States that it was obvious that the wicket was a bit tricky. Adds that there was help for the fast bowlers and it was a bit sticky. Feels that by the time the opposition's bowlers assessed what length to bowl, they had already scored a good amount of runs. Shares that they had decided to use the wicket and not go for the yorkers straightaway. Says that one ball hit him really hard but it was nice to see Mayank bowl. Further adds that he has waited patiently for two years and it was nice to see him bowl from 20 yards behind the stumps. Mentions that he gets tempted to bowl first, given the trend in T20 cricket but his team's record speaks differently. Feels that it is crucial the way his team stays in the game and will try to pick up wickets in the Powerplays.
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Quinton de Kock is in for a quick chat. He starts by saying that it is always nice to score runs for the team. Batting first is always difficult in Bengaluru. mentions at first he thought 180 wasn't enough. States that the ball was holding and bouncing. Informs that he aimed to bat longer, as they kept losing wickets in the middle overs. Adds that he is glad to have Mayank in the side. He is keeping it really simple, which is working really well for him.
Faf du Plessis, the captain of Bengaluru, says that dropping catches can really cost you. Mentions that as with any new young fast bowler, it is the action you haven't faced before and he has the pace behind it. Adds that Mayank Yadav's pace was great but his ability to control length and bowl with discipline was more impressive. Feels that they did not bowl well and made a lot of mistakes in the Powerplay. Adds that they gave some easy boundaries but bowled good at the death to bring them back. States that you need partnerships while chasing but never got that. Ends by saying that it was disappointing, but they need some strong characters in that dressing room to put their hands up.
Lucknow were just spectacular with the ball in hand, there was a moment during the death overs when Yash Thakur went for a plenty, but he came back stronger to pick up a wicket. Not only him, it was M. Siddharth who stole the eyeballs, by starting with the new ball. He got three overs on the trot, which did wonders for the visitors as he got the better of Virat Kohli which started the collapse for the hosts. Mayank Yadav kept stealing the thunder, yet again he stood out with his three-wicket haul. Naveen-ul-Haq collected a brace. All-in-all, it was a great performance from Lucknow across all departments.
Chasing 182 was always going to be tricky on this two-paced surface. Bengaluru though started well with the bat, their opening partnership laid down a solid platform, but no one could really build on the good work. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. At the end of 10 overs, they were teetering at 63/4, and just during this period, it was Mayank Yadav who ran riots with the ball in hand. In his three overs until this point, he picked up two wickets by giving away just three runs. Then came a kind of fightback from Bengaluru, but it just wasn't enough. Mahipal Lomror hit a few lusty blows to keep his side in the game, but he single-handedly could not do much.
A spectacular catch by Nicholas Pooran certainly is a fitting end to this intriguing contest. Lucknow have got the better of Bengaluru here and have extended their winning run, two wins on the trot. Just what they were looking for coming into this contest. Bengaluru could've been in the game, only if they were a bit better in the field. They dropped two huge catches, one of Quinton de Kock when he was on 30 and the other of Nicholas Pooran, who took take the game away from them in the death overs. Bengaluru are still in hunt for their second win of this season. Although it continues to evade them. Lucknow have come to south and done the impossible, left the crowd silenced.
In over# 20
Naveen-ul-Haq 25/2(3.4)
OUT! CAUGHT! All over for Bengaluru! Naveen-ul-Haq wraps it up and he has a second wicket to his name! Naveen-ul-Haq rolls his fingers over the ball and lands it full, on middle and leg, Mohammed Siraj winds up to go down the ground. Does not get the elevation this time and hits it flat towards long on. Nicholas Pooran picks it up early this time and sprints across to his left. He reaches out to his left and grabs with both hands before tumbling, making a tough catch look easy. Lucknow win by 28 runs!
This is at pace, angling in, on middle and leg, on a back of a length, Mohammed Siraj backs away a bit to use the pace and ramp it over the keeper but fails to connect.
Takes pace off and serves it on a hard length, outside off, Mohammed Siraj shapes up to go back over the bowler's head but misses out.
Serves it on a back of a length, on off, Reece Topley punches it wide of extra cover and takes a single.
In over# 19
Ravi Bishnoi 33/0(3)
SIX! And again! Something for the Bengaluru crowd to cheer! On a nagging length, on the off-stump line, Mohammed Siraj walks across his stumps and leaves nothing in the tank. Hits it back over the bowler's head for six more runs.
SIX! BANG! A bit too full from Bishnoi, outside off, Mohammed Siraj gets underneath it and dispatches it flat and over wide long off for a maximum.
Given LBW! A confident appeal and up goes the finger! It looks dead straight but Mohammed Siraj has sent it upstairs. Ravi Bishnoi dishes out a googly, on a nagging length, on middle, Mohammed Siraj gets half-forward to defend but fails to read the googly. It turns him to go past the bat and pings him on the front pad. There is nothing on UltraEdge but the ball is going over the stumps.
WIDE! Slips in a googly but the line is down leg, left alone for a wide by Siraj.

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