IPL 2023: Duplecy and Maxwell’s half-centuries, RCB set Royals a target of 172 runs
Apart from playing an innings of 55 runs, Du Plessis shared 50 runs for the first wicket with Virat Kohli (18) and 69 runs for the second wicket with Maxwell (54). Anuj Rawat (29 runs in 11 balls, three fours, two sixes) finally took the team’s score to 170 runs by playing a fiery innings.
Jaipur. Half-centuries from skipper Faf Duplesey and Glenn Maxwell helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) score 171 for five against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here on Sunday. Apart from playing an innings of 55 runs, Du Plessis shared 50 runs for the first wicket with Virat Kohli (18) and 69 runs for the second wicket with Maxwell (54). Anuj Rawat (29 runs in 11 balls, three fours, two sixes) finally took the team’s score to 170 runs by playing a fiery innings. Adam Jampa 25 from Royals while KM Asif took two wickets for 42 runs. Du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first, and along with Kohli (18 off 19 balls) got the team off to a cautious start. Both added 42 runs in the power play.
Kohli opened the boundary account with a four off Sandeep Sharma in the first over while Duplessis hit a four and a six in Zampa’s over. Du Plessis completed 4000 runs in IPL with a four off Ravichandran Ashwin. The half-century of RCB’s runs was completed in the seventh over, but in the same over, Kohli caught Yashasvi Jaiswal at extra cover off Asif’s ball. Duplesey and Maxwell then decorated the innings. Maxwell looked in good touch from the start. As soon as he came, he hit Ashwin for a six and then Jampa and Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball also made him see the boundary. The century of RCB runs was completed in the 14th over. In the same over, Maxwell hit Ashwin for a six.
Duplessy completed his half-century in 41 balls with a six over Asif but was caught by Jaiswal two balls later. He hit three fours and two sixes while facing 44 balls. Mahipal Lomror (01) caught Dhruv Jurel in Jampa’s next over. The leg-spinner also lbw Dinesh Karthik (00) in the same over to take RCB’s score from 119 for one to 120 for four. Maxwell completed his half-century in 30 balls with fours and sixes on Chahal. However, he was bowled by Sandeep in the next over. He hit five fours and three sixes in his 33-ball innings. Anuj Rawat took the team to a challenging score in the last over with two sixes and a four off consecutive balls of Asif.
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