Sent in to bat first, Faf du Plessis (79*), Virat Kohli (61), and Glenn Maxwell (59) did all of the batting to take RCB to a huge 212/2 in 20 overs. Du Plessis also hit one of the sixes outside the stadium to put himself in contention for the longest six awards. Mark Wood dismissed Maxwell in the 20th over to put himself further in the lead of the Purple Cap with nine wickets.
Chasing the target, LSG were in trouble early with Kyle Mayers (0) and Deepak Hooda (9) and Krunal Pandya back in the pavilion by the end of the powerplay. Marcus Stoinis (65) brought the side back in the chase while KL Rahul brought the side back in the game but their quick dismissals opened up the game again.
However, Pooran took charge with a 15-ball 50 to bring back LSG in the chase with Ayush Badoni (30) helping from the other end. The duo, however, fell late in the death overs as the equation went down to 1 run needed from 1 ball and a wicket to spare as Harshal Patel bowled his heart out at the death.
The match would have headed into a super over after Avesh Khan couldn’t touch the final delivery but it was a fumble from Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps that allowed Khan and Ravi Bishnoi to complete the winning runs in a memorable encounter
RCB vs LSG IPL 2023 Match 15 Award Winners
Player Of The Match: Nicholas Pooran (LSG), 62 (19)
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match: Nicholas Pooran, Strike rate: 326.32
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Marcus Stoinis (LSG)
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6: Faf du Plessis (RCB), 115 metres
RuPay On-The-Go 4s: Marcus Stoinis, 6 fours
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Marcus Stoinis, 35 MVA points
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Faf du Plessis, 120 fantasy points
Note: All the prizes carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh
RCB vs LSG IPL 2023 Match 1: Who Said What
Nicholas Pooran | Player of the Match: “I want to dedicate this performance to my wife and new born. We knew that the game was on, Stoinis and KL had a wonderful partnership. Stoinis kept us in the game and I knew this was a nice wicket. We could chase even over 50 in the last four, it was about cashing in.
“The second ball I came in and smashed a six. It isn’t about getting a look in, if it is in my slot then I will smash it for six. Over the past couple of years, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to finish games. Today also I wanted to finish the game, but got out in the end.
“I hope this is the season for me, in a good space and state of mind. Just want to enjoy my cricket, play with a smile and entertain, and win games for my team.
Marcus Stoinis: “It was a beautiful pitch. I knew I had to be attacking but I also knew it was a pretty important stage of the game as well. It was nice to contribute to the team. We are a young franchise. We hadn’t won a game away from home this season yet, it’s important. We’re all getting on really well.
“That’s important to get some momentum early. It’s fun to hit the middle of the bat and contribute for the team. We did (when asked if his team believed that it was an achievable target), we actually bowled well in the powerplay, it was some beautiful batting from Virat and Faf. Some of those shots, you don’t see everyday.
“We bowled okay there and our spinners bowled beautifully. History suggests that 200 is pretty much par. The plan was to get off to a good start and go from there.
KL Rahul: Unbelievable. This is the Chinnaswamy, only venue where so many last-ball finishes are possible. From the possible we were in to end up winning in superb. We had to go hard and the ball swung early, and they got 2-3 wickets to put pressure on us.
“The only reason we got two points today is for the way the lower order batted. Not ideal for me, I want to score more runs and get the strike rate up as well.”
“We’ve played on two tough Lucknow wickets, and today we lost 3 wickets so I went slower. I wanted to stay till the end and play with Nicky. Batting 5,6,7 in the toughest positions to play and that’s where games are won and lost. We know about the power in Marcus and Nicky, and Ayush has come along as well. He’s played 2-3 knocks last innings, and he’s continued to perform well for us.”
RCB vs LSG IPL 2023 Stats
Highest targets succesfully chased in IPL
224 RR vs PBKS Sharjah 2020
219 MI vs CSK Delhi 2021
215 RR vs Deccan Hyderabad 2008
213 LSG vs RCB Bengaluru 2023 *
211 LSG vs CSK Mumbai BS 2022
Winning off the last ball with one wicket standing (IPL)
SRH vs MI Hyderabad 2018
LSG vs RCB Bengaluru 2023
Fifth time RCB have lost after scoring 200+ batting first – the most by a team in IPL
Highest SR in an IPL innings (50+ runs)
373.33 P Cummins (56* off 15) KKR v MI 2022
348.00 S Raina (87 off 25) CSK v PBKS 2014
327.27 Y Pathan (72 off 22) KKR v SRH 2014
326.32 N Pooran (62 off 19) LSG v RCB 2023
Highest percentage of runs in boundaries in an IPL innings (50+ runs)
96.55% S Raina (84/87) CSK v PBKS 2014
95.38% A Russell (62/65) KKR v RCB 2019
94.12% KL Rahul (48/51) PBKS v DC 2018
93.54% N Pooran (56/62) LSG v RCB 2023
Nicholas Pooran in IPL 2023
Balls faced 63
Sixes hit 14
Fours hit 9
Fastest 50s in IPL (balls faced)
14 KL Rahul vs DC Mohali 2018
14 Pat Cummins vs MI Pune 2022
15 Yusuf Pathan vs SRH Kolkata 2014
15 Sunil Narine vs RCB Bengaluru 2017
15 Nicholas Pooran vs RCB Bengaluru 2023
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