IPL 2024
Faf du Plessis’ Spectacular Flying Catch Dismisses Mitchell Santner
By CricShots - May 19, 2024 12:04 am
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Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s skipper Faf du Plessis showcased his prowess with a stunning catch, dismissing Chennai Super Kings’ all-rounder Mitchell Santner in a crucial IPL showdown at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The awe-inspiring catch occurred on the final delivery of the fifteenth over, bowled by Mohammed Siraj.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis took an exceptional flying catch

MitchellSantner aimed for a big hit but failed to connect cleanly, sending the ball just over mid-off.ย In a display of athleticism reminiscent of his prime, Faf du Plessis leapt and stretched his right hand backwards to pluck the ball out of the air, leaving everyone in awe, including his teammates and the roaring RCB fans.

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Earlier in the game, RCB’s formidable top-order, led by du Plessis, propelled them to a commanding total of 218/5 against the defending champions. Du Plessis contributed a brisk 54 runs off 39 balls, supported by impactful performances from Virat Kohli (47 off 29 balls), Rajat Patidar (41 off 23 balls), and Cameron Green (38 not out off 17 balls).

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In the context of playoff qualification, RCB’s fairy-tale resurgence requires them to secure a victory by a margin of at least 18 runs. Conversely, CSK can secure qualification with a score exceeding 200, even in the event of a loss or a washed-out match.

The game commenced on a positive note for RCB, with openers Kohli and du Plessis setting a solid foundation. However, CSK’s spinners, Maheesh Theekshana and Mitchell Santner, applied pressure with their crafty bowling, causing some trouble for the RCB batters.

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Despite Kohli’s aggressive stroke play, his dismissal off Santner saw RCB slip to 78/1 in 10 overs.ย  Nonetheless, du Plessis’s onslaught against Ravindra Jadeja in the subsequent overs propelled RCB towards a formidable total, capped off by his well-deserved fifty.

Royal Challengers Bengaluruย (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis(c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(w), Karn Sharma, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w), Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana