Faf du Plessis IPL 2022

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis heaped praise on his charges as they moved into Qualifier 2 of the 2022 IPL. Photo: Twitter @RCBtweets

IPL 2022: Faf du Plessis out FIRST ball, but Bangalore stay alive

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis heaped praise on his charges as they moved into Qualifier 2 of the 2022 IPL.

Faf du Plessis IPL 2022

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis heaped praise on his charges as they moved into Qualifier 2 of the 2022 IPL. Photo: Twitter @RCBtweets

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis heaped praise on his charges as they moved into Qualifier 2 of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday.

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It was an ignominious start for Du Plessis, who was out first ball thanks to an outswinger from Lucknow Super Giants paceman Moshin Khan.

However, Bangalore recovered with aplomb, thanks in main to a thrilling 112 not out off just 54 balls by newcomer Rajat Patidar.

Bangalore won by 14 runs

Bangalore posted 207/4 in their allotted 20 overs and their bowlers then restricted Lucknow to 193/6, with right-arm medium bowler Harshal Patel showing great skill with the ball at the death.

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“Today was a special day… the guys put in a special performance,” said the former Proteas captain at the post-match presentation.

“For a young guy [Patidar] to play as he did… the way he celebrated also tells you he has a good head on his shoulders. His hundred was one of the best I have seen in the IPL.

“Our bowlers were clear and calm and that was good. He has got all the shots. Every single time he attacks, he transfers the pressure back on the opposition. It is important to celebrate this despite something big coming up.

“We were very happy as a group. As a group, we needed some calm presence. We didn’t feel like it was a big game. Everyone was calm and relaxed. Harshal is the joker in the pack. A special card I can pick. He bowls the important overs. The second last one over from him changed the game for us.”

Bangalore will face the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Friday, 27 May to determine who will go on to play the Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday, 29 May.

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