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Royal Challengers Bengaluru remained at ninth position in the IPL 2024 points table after suffering a defeat against Lucknow Super Giants on Tuesday. Young fast bowler Mayank Yadav was once again in fine form while Quinton De Kock produced a brilliant knock to guide LSG to a victory that saw them move up to fourth position. Rajasthan Royals are currently leading the points table with 6 points and the best net run rate (NRR) in the competition, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. KKR will have a brilliant chance to top the order against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

Quinton de Kock’s astute fifty and sensation Mayank Yadav’s youthful brilliance shaped Lucknow Super Giants’ 28-run stand against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their IPL match.

Lucknow built their 181 for five around Quinton De Kock’s 81 (56b) and Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 40 (21b).

RCB threatened to miraculously climb to 182 briefly thanks to Mahipal Lomror, who produced a powerful 33 off 13 balls.

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However, Mayank’s torrid three-wicket haul (3/14) was not to be denied as the hosts were bundled out for 153.

But in reality, RCB’s chase never really took off – partly due to their own follies and partly thanks to the excellence of Lucknow’s bowlers.

Lucknow opened the bowling with two spinners – Manimaran Siddharth and Krunal Pandya – and that surprised Faf du Plessis (19 off 13) and Virat Kohli (22 off 16).

But the introduction of pacer Naveen-ul-Haq saw Kohli up the ante, smoking him for six over the bowler’s head.

Left-arm spinner Siddharth quickly collected the huge wicket of the in-form Kohli as the latter’s attempt to go inside-out resulted in a simple catch from Devdutt Padikkal at backward point.

RCB slipped from that point on, losing skipper du Plessis, to a senseless run-out, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green and found themselves at 58 for four in the eighth over.

It was during this period that Mayank picked up the pace of his hat-trick (3-0-13-2).

Maxwell attempted to fire a 151 kmph laser beam from Mayank, but the high pace meant the Australian couldn’t time his shot, resulting in a simple catch from Pooran at mid-wicket.

Green was beaten by Mayank’s raw pace as the delivery picked up a little after pitching on the right length to rattle his off stump.

The right-armer then added Rajat Patidar (27) to his kitty to reduce RCB to 103 for six, and the home side were quickly sinking.

Earlier, De Kock displayed his exceptional hitting skills with a fifty, but Lucknow could not progress beyond a par score.

The left-hander selected the bowlers and positions around the ground to play his shots with precision but the RCB bowlers did not allow the other batsmen, except Pooran, to run freely.

The Super Giants quickly came out of the blocks, reaching 32 for no loss in three overs and then 54 in the Power Play.

Most of the points came from the blade of De Kock, who particularly appreciated the leader Mohammed Siraj.

The South African slammed him for three sixes – two in a row – spread over two overs – two powerful pulls and a lovely loft to mid-wicket.

KL Rahul, who captained the team after being an impact substitute against Punjab Kings in the previous match, started slowly making six runs off his first 10 balls.

But a six off left-arm spinner Yash Dayal gave momentum to his innings and later he swept spinner Maxwell for a six.

However, Rahul perished as soon as an attempt to pull Maxwell’s good length delivery ended up in the palms of Mayank Dagar inside the circle.

The second substantial alliance in LSG’s innings followed Devdutt Padikkal’s outing as De Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15b) added 56 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket.

De Kock, who brought his fifty in 36 balls, maintained his end during this alliance as Stoinis hammered a six each against Maxwell and Green as LSG moved forward.

But the flourishing partnership came to an end when Stoinis’ half-hearted knock was pocketed by Dagar at that point. De Kock soon left, taking Reece Topley to Dagar on a long-term basis.

LSG were 143 for four in 16.3 overs at this stage and needed a few more runs to reach safer shores.

Pooran, who hit left-hand seamer Topley for three sixes in a row in the 19th over and two more maximums in the final over against Mohammed Siraj, gave them these in his final assault.

(With PTI inputs)

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