IPL 2024: Mayank Yadav stars as LSG outclass RCB in Bengaluru

This is RCB's third defeat in four games

By Web Desk
April 02, 2024
Mayank Yadav celebrates after dismissing Cameron Green. - BCCI

Emerging pacer Mayank Yadav starred as Lucknow Super Giants defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 28 runs in 15th match of 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

This is RCB's third defeat in four games while LSG have two wins in three games.

Defending a competitive target of 182, captain KL Rahul called upon Yadav to bowl in the sixth over with RCB one wicket down. On the very first delivery, Yadav hurried opposition captain Faf du Plessis, who hastily attempted a risky single, only to find himself well short of the crease.

From then on, Mayank dominated the match, claiming the wickets of Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell in a single over. Both Australian batters were dismissed after struggling to cope with the pace generated by Yadav.

While Green was bowled comprehensively, Maxwell mistimed a pull shot after failing to judge the pace of the delivery, which was over 150 kmph. Yadav returned for his final spell in the 15th over and also dismissed Rajat Patidar.

Mayank's performance earned him praise, with former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop dubbing him 'child of the wind,' while Dale Steyn was astonished by the youngster's pace. He ended with figures of 3/14.

RCB attempted to resist towards the end, with substitute Mahipal Lomror aggressively swinging the bat, but even he couldn't stabilize the innings. He was dismissed for a quickfire 33 off 13 balls.

Batting first, LSG made a solid start thanks to Quinton de Kock, who took on the RCB bowlers. KL Rahul, returning to the team, tried to match his tempo but fell victim to Glenn Maxwell's cunning bowling, which has been more impactful than his batting.

Devdutt Padikkal's poor form continued as he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Anuj Rawat off Mohammed Siraj's bowling.

In an effort to accelerate the scoring, de Kock tried to increase the run rate, but Yash Dayal bowled tightly, restricting the flow of runs.

De Kock scored a solid 81 off 56 balls, including eight fours and five sixes. Nicholas Pooran's late blitz of 40* helped LSG reach a total of 181/5.