IPL 2024 Points Table: What Loss Against LSG Means For Under-Pressure RCB


Royal Challengers Bangalore remain ninth in the IPL 2024 points table after their loss to Lucknow Supergiants on Tuesday. Young fast bowler Mayank Yadav is once again in top form while Quinton de Kock played a brilliant innings to take LSG to the fourth position. Rajasthan Royals currently top the points table with 6 points and the best Net Run Rate (NRR) in the competition, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. KKR will have a great chance to top the list when they take on Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

On the strength of Quinton de Kock's brilliant half-century and the young talent of fast bowler Mayank Yadav, Lucknow Super Giants defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 28 runs in their IPL match.

Lucknow scored 181 runs for five wickets around Quinton de Kock's 81 (56b) and Nicholas Pooran's unbeaten 40 (21b).

RCB miraculously threatened to score 182 through Mahipal Lomror, who played a strong inning of 33 runs in 13 balls.

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However, Mayank's brilliant three-wicket haul (3/14) could not be denied as the hosts were bundled out for 153 runs.

But in reality, RCB's target never materialized – partly because of their own idiosyncrasies and partly because of the excellence of the Lucknow bowlers.

Lucknow opened the bowling with two spinners – Manimaran Siddharth and Krunal Pandya – and it surprised Faf du Plessis (19 off 13) and Virat Kohli (22 off 16).

But with the arrival of fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq, Kohli's enthusiasm increased and he hit a six over the bowler's head.

Left-arm spinner Siddharth soon got the big wicket of in-form Kohli as Kohli's attempted in-out move resulted in a simple catch by Devdutt Padikkal at backward point.

RCB fell behind at that time due to unplanned run-outs of captain du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green and their score was 58 runs for four wickets in the eighth over.

This was the time when Mayank increased the pace in his three-over spell (3-0-13-2).

Maxwell tried to pull Mayank's 151 kmph laser beam, but due to the sheer pace the Australian could not find time to pull it, resulting in an easy catch to Pooran at short mid-wicket.

Green suffered the loss due to Mayank's pace as the ball straightened a bit after being pitched on a good length and his off stump was uprooted.

The right-arm fast bowler later dismissed Rajat Patidar (27) to take RCB's score to 103 for six with the home side then looking increasingly vulnerable.

Earlier, De Kock showcased his extraordinary hitting skills with a half-century, but Lucknow could not go beyond the par score.

The left-handed batsman selected the bowlers and positions around the field to play his shots with accuracy, but the RCB bowlers did not allow other batsmen except Pooran to play freely.

The Super Giants surged ahead and reached 32 without loss in three overs and then scored 54 in the power play.

Most of the runs came from the blades of de Kock, who took particular liking to fast bowler Mohammed Siraj.

The South African hit three sixes off him – two in a row – spread over two overs – two powerful pulls and a beautiful loft over mid-wicket.

KL Rahul, who captained the side after coming in as an impact sub against Punjab Kings in the last game, started slowly scoring six runs from his first 10 balls.

But a six by left arm fast bowler Yash Dayal gave momentum to his innings and later he hit a six to spinner Maxwell.

However, Rahul soon fell into the palms of Mayank Dagar inside the circle while trying to pull Maxwell's good length delivery.

The second important alliance in the LSG innings came after the dismissal of Devdutt Padikkal, when de Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15b) added 56 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket.

De Kock, who brought up his half-century in 36 balls, continued his form throughout the stand as Stoinis hit a six each off Maxwell and Green as LSG moved forward.

But this blossoming partnership ended when Stoinis' half-hearted swat was edged to point by Dagar. De Kock departed soon after and sent Reece Topley to Dagar at long-on.

At that time LSG's score was 143 runs for four wickets in 16.3 overs and they needed a few more runs to reach the safe side.

Pooran, who hit three consecutive sixes off left-arm pacer Topley in the 19th over and two more sixes off Mohammed Siraj in the final over, gave him the upper hand during his final attack.

(With PTI inputs)

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