Navi Mumbai, April 20: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis praised his teammates for getting out of trouble once again and highlighted the good work of his bowlers in the 18-run victory against Lucknow Super Giants at IPL 2022 on Tuesday , adding that he is happy with his own performance. which helped the team recover from a difficult situation.
RCB were 42/3 in the sixth after losing Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell by little money before skipper du Plessis scored an excellent 96 to help them post 181/6. In response, Josh Hazlewood claimed 4/25 and helped RCB narrow Lucknow Super Giants to 163/8 in 20 overs and seal victory at the DY Patil Stadium here.
“Amazingly, we were in trouble tonight, like we were in the last three or four games, but we have the ability of someone who gets past him, stabilizes innings, has composure and then towards the end we are a very dangerous team.” du Plessis said after the game.
“Today I am grateful that I could do it. I was hungry for some runs. I wanted to make a big impact because the last few games had been quiet for me,” he added.
The veteran felt batting at this wicket was a bit difficult considering the big cap.
“Because of the nature of the terrain it’s quite big so you run a lot of it two by two. Towards the end it can be a bit tiring but it’s a good way to keep fit,” he added.
The South African said that the maiden hundred in IPL that has been eluding him so far is just around the corner. “My elusive IPL hundred… I feel like she’s just around the corner.
“I went through my own processes and plans to score runs, so I had a clear mental picture going into this game and I was glad it was worth it. [I was tiring] but I was still in a mode where I felt like I could still hit the ball.” He said it was hard to score limits on this ground. You never felt like you had enough power to clear the limit. I think it was apparent to everyone that if you played well at bowling, it was hard to set boundaries,” he added.
The RCB captain credited his bowlers for pulling off a good win.
“Quite a few things happened in those first three or four overs. They got us into trouble and we somehow found a way and held on through the innings. But the bowlers are really at the top of their game,” he said.