I think the at bat was really good – Faf du Plessis after 5 wicket defeat vs Punjab Kings in their IPL 2022 opener

Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost by 5 wickets to Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Sunday, 27 March.

Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the toss and batted first and started very slow, but the franchise’s newly appointed skipper, Faf du Plessis, switched and demolished the PBKS bowling unit.

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Faf du Plessis (Image: Twitter)

Captain Faf du Plessis stepped out in the 18th after scoring 88 runs off 57 balls, including 3 fours and 7 sixes. Virat Kohli also scored 41 runs off 29 balls and Dinesh Karthik hit 32 runs off 14 balls to help RCB score 205 runs.

Chasing the goal of 206 runs, Punjab Kings (PBKS) openers Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan put in a fantastic performance. In the end, two power hitters – Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith – played incredible strokes to get PBKS across the finish line.

Small margins, but they chased it really well – Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis in RCB jersey.  Photo RCB
Faf du Plessis in RCB jersey. Photo RCB

Faf du Plessis said during the post-match presentation that Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting performance was very good in the match. He said:

“I think the batting was really good. The catches towards the end.. Odean Smith 25 out of 8 balls.. I think we probably dropped him on 10. Then we watch some tailenders come in.”

“The cliché of catches wins matches. There was a little dew out there, tough night for the bowlers but I thought they were pretty good with the wet ball. †

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image: Twitter)

He added that after a poor start, the RCB bowlers pulled things back, but Odean Smith and Shahrukh Khan batted astonishingly. He explained:

“Small margins, but they chased it really well. They had a really good power play. In the second inning the ball slipped a bit more and then we pulled it back beautifully. We have done a lot of good things in between. But you know what Odean Smith can do to you. So you have to hold on to those opportunities.”

“Even the other guy, Shahrukh Khan, didn’t really understand until after the last few balls tonight. A very different game if you keep those chances.”

Faf du Plessis also said he was glad he didn’t get injured during the match as he has been diving a lot. He added that hitting in the first half of the game was difficult. He claimed:

I’m tired! That the first innings are running, ohh (smiles). I’m just glad I got away without hurting myself, because I spent so much time on my elbows diving. It was hard today with the bat to start The first four overs swung the ball I was 1 in 10 I think Holding the bat a bit hard but pleasant to get through.

Also Read: PBKS vs RCB: Watch – Faf du Plessis recreates AB de Villiers magic in RCB suits against Punjab Kings

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