Not a great start for us tonight – Faf du Plessis after 54-run loss against Punjab Kings

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Faf du Plessis lost by 54 runs against Punjab Kings (PBKS) led by Mayank Agarwal in the 60th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, May 13 .

By losing the toss and batting first, Punjab Kings batsman Jonny Bairstow provided his team with an outstanding start. After Bairstow’s wicket, Liam Livingstone played a sensational stroke and assisted Punjab Kings (PBKS) score 209 runs.

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PBKS vs RCB, Mayank Agarwal and Faf du Plessis (Credits: IPL)

Chasing the goal, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost 3 wickets within powerplay overs. Virat Kohli was sacked by Kagiso Rabada in the 4th over and Rishi Dhawan sacked Faf du Plessis and Mahipal Lomror in the 5th over. Royal Challengers Bangalore then kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were only able to score 155 runs.

Speaking after the match, Faf du Plessis said Jonny Bairstow put a lot of pressure on the RCB bowlers. He added that while chasing a big goal, a team can’t afford to lose wickets in groups, which RCB sadly did. He stated:

“It was a good score, obviously Jonny, the way it started to put our players under a lot of pressure. I thought we took it back a little bit. 200 was on par on that wicket, it was a brilliant wicket. When you chase scores like that, you can’t afford to lose tracts in groups and unfortunately that’s what happened to us.”

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RCB vs PBKS: Not a great start for us tonight - Faf du Plessis after 54-run loss against Punjab Kings

While talking about Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis said that he is coming out in every possible way. He added that Kohli played some beautiful shots today during his 20-run hit. He elaborated:

He (Kohli) is seeing the lighter side of this, every possible way out, it’s happening to him. This is how the game works. All you can do is keep trying, work hard, and stay positive. He played some good shots tonight, obviously he’d want it to continue. We all go through rough patches, he’s taken it on the right note.”

Faf Du Plessis. Image: BCCI/IPL

Faf du Plessis further said that they will take a day off and then make plans for the next battle. He elaborated:

“It wasn’t a great start for us tonight. I’m going to take a day off and then see how we can get fired up for a game that we have to win for ourselves. One more session at the net is not going to make you a better player, it’s about making you stronger mentally. If we play to our potential, we are a very strong team. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight.”

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