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IPL 2024, RCB vs LSG: Mayank Yadav's middle overs burst disintegrates RCB; LSG win

IPL 2024, RCB vs LSG: Mayank Yadav's middle overs burst disintegrates RCB: Lucknow Super Giants win. Top Takeaways for RCB and LSG from the game.


IPL 2024, RCB vs LSG: Mayank Yadav took 3-14 against RCB; LSG win | Walking Wicket (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Mayank Yadav took 3-14 against RCB (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: LSG 181/5 (De Kock 81, Pooran 40*, Maxwell 2/23) beat RCB 153 (Lomror 33, Yadav 3/14) by 28 runs. 



Player of the Match: Mayank Yadav (3 wickets for 14 runs)


The atmosphere was electric as Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) clinched a convincing victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a high-stakes encounter. 


Opting to bat first on a challenging two-paced surface, LSG displayed remarkable resilience to post an above-par total. Quinton de Kock's blazing half-century and Nicholas Pooran's onslaught in the death overs propelled LSG past the 180-run mark, much to the delight of their dugout.


The introduction of pace sensation Mayank Yadav further tilted the scales in LSG's favour, as he wreaked havoc with his fiery bowling, eventually claiming an impressive 3/14. The collective efforts of LSG sealed a comprehensive victory for the visitors.


Key Takeaways from RCB vs LSG, Match 15, IPL 2024- Winning team (LSG)


De Kock and Pooran continue to shine while Padikkal forms a worry

LSG displayed a commendable performance, compiling a formidable total of 181-5. The innings was characterized by standout displays from two key players, Quinton de Kock and Nicholas Pooran, both of whom played pivotal roles in shaping LSG's innings.


The innings commenced on a promising note with De Kock launching an aggressive onslaught, setting the tone for LSG's batting effort. Alongside captain KL Rahul, their partnership of over 50 runs provided LSG with a strong platform in the initial overs.


Although RCB managed to break the partnership with the dismissal of Stoinis, LSG's fortunes were revived by an explosive batting display from Nicholas Pooran. Despite Glenn Maxwell's breakthrough, Pooran's aggressive approach, coupled with a crucial drop catch, enabled LSG to surge past the 180-run mark.


However, concerns persist over the form of Devdutt Padikkal, who failed to make a significant contribution in this innings. The team surely will look forward to a turnaround in his form.



Mayank Yadav’s control in the middle overs is a massive boost

Yadav's controlled bowling in the middle overs once again proved crucial for LSG. His impressive spell included two key wickets that dented the RCB batting lineup.


In the 5th over, Mayank Yadav claimed the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. With a delivery clocking at 151 mph, he rushed Maxwell into a mistimed pull shot, causing the ball to sky off the higher part of the bat. Pooran completed a simple catch at mid-on, further deepening RCB's batting woes.


Continuing his momentum, Yadav struck again in the 7th over, delivering a pacy short-of-a-good-length delivery that nipped in slightly. RCB's Chris Green, unable to adjust his footwork, ended up playing down the wrong line, resulting in the ball hitting the top of the off stump. 


Yadav continued his dominance, claiming his third wicket of the innings. This time, it was Rajat Patidar who fell victim. Patidar attempted a pull shot but failed to control it properly, resulting in a top edge. The ball flew towards the fielder stationed at deep mid-wicket, where Padikkal completed a comfortable catch.



Key Takeaways from RCB vs LSG, Match 15, IPL 2024- Losing team (RCB)


IPL 2024, RCB vs LSG_ Cameron Green's poor form in IPL continues _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Green has scored only 45 runs from 3 games so far (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
⁠RCB need Green and Maxwell to fire

The struggles of Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green with the bat have exacerbated RCB’s batting concerns, highlighting a broader issue within the team's batting unit. Maxwell's dismissal, caught by Pooran off Yadav, for a duck, and Green's departure, bowled again by Yadav, further emphasize RCB's reliance on their middle-order batters to fire.


These dismissals underscore the urgent need for RCB's batting unit to find form and stability. With key players failing to produce significant scores, RCB's batting order appears vulnerable, leaving the team heavily reliant on individual performances to win the game.



Addition of Topley has given stability to the top and death overs of RCB

The addition of Reece Topley to the RCB bowling lineup has significantly bolstered the team's stability, particularly in both the initial and death overs. Topley's inclusion provides RCB with a reliable option for the crucial phases of the game, allowing the team to manage their bowling resources more effectively.


By utilizing Topley's bowling at the beginning of the innings, RCB can afford to preserve the overs of key bowlers like Mohammed Siraj for the latter stages


Topley's ability to maintain pressure and control in the opening overs adds a layer of consistency to RCB's bowling attack. Moreover, Topley's effectiveness in the death overs further enhances RCB's bowling depth. His skill in delivering accurate yorkers and executing variations under pressure makes him a valuable asset during the crucial closing stages of the innings. 


Statistical Highlights from RCB vs LSG, IPL 2024
  • Mayank Yadav enters the list of Three+ wicket hauls in each of the first two IPL matches.

  • Maxwell now has the second most ducks in IPL, 17.

  • De Kock becomes the fourth fastest player to reach 3000 runs in IPL in 99 innings.



Points Table Scenario and what’s next to come

Tough times for RCB as they lose another one in a row, while LSG shine with another dominating win.


Next up, Kolkata in red hot form will clash with Delhi Capitals at their home ground on Wednesday, April 3rd.



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