Royal Challengers Bangalore produced an all-round performance as they defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs at the DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday. Batting first, a sparkling 96 from captain Faf du Plessis propelled them to a challenging 181/6 as they successfully recovered from early jolts.
Then a fine bowling performance, led by the accurate Josh Hazlewood who registered his career-best figures of 4/25 in IPL, RCB stopped LSG on 163/8 in 20 overs.
Like RCB, LSG also lost their top-three quickly with Hazlewood accounting for two of those dismissals inside five overs. Krunal Pandya (42 off 28) led a decent decent recovery. However, apart from the allrounder and captain KL Rahul, who got the start with 30 but failed to build on it, no other LSG batter managed to make a significant contribution.