Faf du Plessis faced a lot of strain while playing a captain’s knock of 96, but bowler Josh Hazlewood bowled brilliantly to grab four wickets and assist Royal Challengers Bangalore to defeat Lucknow Super Giants in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Tuesday at the DY Patil Stadium. After a poor start, Du Plessis helped RCB recover to post 181/6, which they successfully defended to win by 18 runs. LSG was limited to 163/8.

The RCB captain had two balls remaining in the penultimate over to get his century, but he missed to clear the backward square-leg fielder, resulting in him merely matching his IPL career-high score. The worth of his runs will outweigh the heartbreak of missing out on a maiden hundred. On a lively pitch, he performed the role of the lone ranger, blasting 11 fours and two sixes in 64 balls to bring the innings back to life. It was RCB’s fifth win in seven games, and they are currently tied for first place with Gujarat Titans on 10 points. LSG’s chances of chasing down the score were primarily reliant on captain KL Rahul. It was a pitch that put the batter’s technique to the test. Quinton de Kock was dismissed for three runs and Manish Pandey was dismissed for six. Rahul demonstrated his ability to keep one end up and take the total above 50 in seven overs after his century against Mumbai Indians on Saturday.