Mayank Yadav Breaks Own Record, Produces Fastest Ball Of IPL 2024 Again


Mayank Yadav continued his tremendous form and took three wickets to lead Lucknow Super Giants to a spectacular win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Mayank, who bowled at a speed of 155.8 kmph against Punjab Kings a few days ago, once again performed brilliantly and bowled the fastest ball of IPL 2024 at a speed of 156.7 kmph. Mayank also took the very important wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar to completely demolish RCB's batting.

According to IPL, Mayank currently holds the record for bowling the fastest ball of IPL 2024, followed by Nandre Berger (153), Gerald Coetzee (152.3), Alzarri Joseph (151.2) and Mathisha Pathirana (150.9).

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 the IPL match here on Tuesday.

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.

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 added 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 ended up in 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 took the lead.

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 fast bowler 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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