IPL 2024
Faf du Plessis Unlucky Dismissal Shocks RCB In Crucial Match
By CricShots - May 18, 2024 10:21 pm
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Royal Challengers Bengaluru skipper Faf du Plessis faced an unfortunate dismissal in the team’s crucial match against Chennai Super Kings on Friday. The incident unfolded when Rajat Patidar drilled a tossed-up delivery from Mitchell Santner back towards the bowler. Santner managed to get a fingertip on the ball, which then deviated and struck the stumps.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis couldn’t believe his dismissal

Third umpire Michael Gough meticulously reviewed the footage to determine if du Plessis’s bat was in the air. After several close examinations, Gough confirmed that the bat was indeed airborne. Further scrutiny confirmed Santner’s touch on the ball, verified by UltraEdge technology.

Consequently, du Plessis was declared out, much to his visible surprise and disappointment. His partner Patidar and the RCB camp, including Virat Kohli, were stunned by the decision as du Plessis walked back to the dugout.

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RCB had made a bright start to the innings, racing to 31/0 in three overs after CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad invited the home side to bat in Bengaluru. However, rain interrupted the game, shifting the momentum. The wet conditions made the ball grip and turn significantly off the surface, which Maheesh Theekshana and Mitchell Santner exploited well, controlling the scoring rate and slowing down Faf du Plessis in particular.

 

Virat Kohli, who was batting well and had scored 47, attempted to accelerate the innings by hitting a six over long-off against Santner but was dismissed in the tenth over. Du Plessis, who scored a resilient fifty, was also dismissed shortly after, scoring 54 off 39 deliveries.

The match between RCB and CSK is a must-win clash for the Royal Challengers. Even with a victory, they need to consider net run rate adjustments to qualify for the playoffs. The Super Kings, on the other hand, need just one point to proceed to the knockouts. This is the last group-stage match for both teams this season.

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Only one berth in the playoffs remains after Sunrisers Hyderabad became the third side to qualify earlier this week following a washout in their match against Gujarat Titans. The top-placed Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have already secured their spots in the playoffs and will face each other in their final match of the season during Sunday’s doubleheader.