Faf Du Plessis was pleased by the performance of RCB vs KKR
RCB register their first win under the leadership of Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis and co did very well to restrict KKR to 128 before getting over the line, just. Dinesh Karthik and Harshal Patel helped guide RCB over the line.
Wanindu Hasaranga was the star with the ball in hand. He picked up 4 wickets for just 20 runs. He and others restricted the good looking KKR side to just 128 runs.
At one point, KKR were 101/9 but a last wicket partnership between Varun Chakaravarthy and Umesh Yadav meant they had a defendable score on board.
In reply, Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee bowled really well and took 3 wickets in the first 3 overs.
They got rid of Anuj Rawat, Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli with just 17 runs on the board.
David Willey and Sherfane Rutherford built a partnership and made sure they don’t lose more wickets. Shahbaz Ahmed scored a quickfire 27 that helped reduce the pressure.
Dinesh Karthik and Harshal Patel then scored the winnings runs to help RCB to their first win of the season.
Dinesh Karthik scored two consecutive boundaries off the first two deliveries of the final over to help chase down the score.
Faf was very happy with DK’s efforts and heaped praised on him. He said “DK’s experience helped in the end, cool-calm, runs weren’t never really too far away. He’s probably as cool as MS Dhoni can get in the last five overs.”
“Very happy. Good win, obviously chasing small scores, you want to be positive and not leave it late, but it was good bowling from their seamers,” explained Faf du Plessis.
“Tonight there was seam and bounce, the first night it swung a bit more,” the RCB skipper said about the difference in the pitch over the two matches.
On Sunday, RCB’s bowling was not up to it’s best as Punjab King chased down 205. But, they learnt from that and bowled beautifully against KKR
“Two-three days ago, it was 200 v 200. Tonight it was 120 v 120, pretty good. In an ideal world, we would’ve liked to have won more convincingly but a win is a win,” told Faf du Plessis.
RCB now take on Rajasthan Royals on 5th April. It will be a very tough challenge as Rajasthan Royals showed how good they actually are against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They had a thumping win over SRH of 61 runs.
Devdutt Padikkal and Yuzvendra Chahal both, who used to play for RCB last season will play against them. It will be a mouthwatering clash when the two teams meet in a few days time.