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Maxwell-du Plessis Partnership leads RCB to Thrilling win over RR in IPL Match

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stunned the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by winning by only seven runs on Sunday, 23rd April 2023 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

The highlight of the match was a blistering partnership of 127 runs between Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis that helped RCB to put up a challenging score of 189 for nine after being sent into bat. Despite a good start, RR failed to chase down the target and ended up scoring 182 for six in their 20 overs.

A Partnership that Turned the Game

The match was defined by the outstanding partnership between Maxwell and du Plessis. When they came together, RCB was in a spot of bother at 12 for 2, with stand-in skipper Virat Kohli back in the pavilion. However, the duo made the pitch look easier than it was as they took on the RR bowling attack.

Maxwell smashed 77 off just 44 deliveries, while du Plessis contributed a vital 62 off 39 balls. The duo shared 127 runs for the third wicket in just 11.1 overs, with Maxwell manipulating the field and hitting innovative shots, and du Plessis going down the ground with ease.

The Collapse and the Fightback

RCB lost their momentum towards the end, and both Maxwell and du Plessis got out in quick succession. RR made a comeback, with the wily Yuzvendra Chahal conceding only one six and not a single boundary in his spell of 1/28.

RCB, who were once on course to put up a 200-plus total, managed to reach 189, thanks to some late-order hitting by Harshal Patel and Kyle Jamieson.

Chasing the target, RR were off to a good start, with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal stitching a 98-run partnership for the second wicket. Jaiswal scored 47 off 33 balls, while Padikkal scored 52 off 41 balls.

However, after their dismissals, RR lost momentum, and their middle order failed to capitalise on the good start. RR needed 16 runs off the last over, but couldn’t get over the line as RCB pulled off a thrilling victory.

Chahal’s Impressive Bowling Spell

Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg-spinner of RCB, was the pick of the bowlers for the home team. He conceded just 28 runs in his four overs and picked up the crucial wicket of Mahipal Lomror. Chahal’s economy rate of 7.00 was exceptional, considering the small size of the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

He bowled a tight line and length and didn’t give any room to the Rajasthan batsmen to free their arms. Chahal’s ability to deceive the batsmen with his variations and flight was on full display, and he played a significant role in RCB’s victory.

Rajasthan Royals’ Collapse

Rajasthan Royals were cruising towards the target with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal’s partnership. However, they suffered a batting collapse towards the end and lost the match by seven runs. Jaiswal departed after scoring 47 off 30 balls, and Padikkal departed after scoring 52 off 41 balls.

The middle-order batsmen failed to deliver, and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite Sanju Samson’s fighting knock of 30 off 20 balls, RR fell short of the target and suffered their first defeat of the season.

Player of the Match

Glenn Maxwell was named the Player of the Match for his sensational knock of 77 off 44 balls that set the platform for RCB’s win. He came to the crease when his team was struggling at 12 for 2, and he played with remarkable composure and aggression to help his team reach a challenging total of 189.

Maxwell’s inning was studded with six fours and four sixes, and he took the attack to the RR bowlers from the outset.

Key Takeaways

The match showcased the importance of partnerships in T20 cricket, as the Maxwell-du Plessis stand turned the game on its head. It also highlighted the need for teams to have good death bowlers, as the likes of Chahal and Patel kept the RR batsmen in check during the latter half of the innings.

The win was also crucial for RCB, as it took them level on points with table leaders RR and Lucknow Super Giants. The match was a perfect advertisement for IPL cricket, with a see-saw battle that went down to the wire. It had all the ingredients of a T20 thriller- big hits, wickets, twists, and turns- and was a treat for cricket fans worldwide.

Gurleen Kaur