Josh Hazlewood, the pacesetter of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he was “pretty lucky” with his very wide ball not being whistled wide by the umpire, leading to the wicket of Marcus Stoinis in their IPL match against Lucknow Super Giants at Tuesday. Stoinis chased 182 and got out in the second ball of the 19th over after shaking out far too much, an act triggered by the previous Hazlewood delivery nearly falling off the field. With Stoinis going far across, the pacemaker went past the streetcar line and tossed it far out, but the umpire, rather than calling the ball wide, deemed the pitch legal, much to the batter’s chagrin.
“I tried to turn around and get back to my goal as fast as I could. I’ve been pretty lucky with that, so maybe I should get him a beer afterwards,” Hazlewood said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Hazlewood finished with excellent numbers of 4/25, while RCB were comfortable winners with 18 runs.
RCB skipper Faf du Plessis played his part with a 96 fine, taking them to 181 for six after early hiccups.
The 37-year-old former South African skipper was exhausting, but he kept going until almost the end of their turns.
“I have a pair of 96 and a 97, so hopefully (a ton) is around the corner. We needed someone to stabilize the innings and then get to work at the back. Today, thankful I could do it. Important that I am able to follow my blueprint of hitting.
“When you slowly threw in the wicket to the big line, it never felt like you had enough power to clear that line. I was tired, but still hoped I could hit something at the end,” said du Plessis.
LSG captain KL Rahul said his team gave away too many runs in the power play despite getting early wickets.
“I think we started really well after getting over two wickets in the first, to give away 50 in the Powerplay, we should have done better. 180 in that field was 15 or 20 extra runs that we gave away,” said Rahul.
“The field was sticky. We got the early breakthroughs we were looking for, but we couldn’t get in the middle. We needed one big partnership – we saw what Faf was doing for RCB – I think we needed one batter in the top three or four to play long innings and for other batters to play with him, but we couldn’t get that.”
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