Don’t get emotional – Faf du Plessis says no need for panic after 68-all out in horror show

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis on Saturday said there is no need for an emotional reaction to their massive 9-wicket defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in Match 36 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. RCB were bundled out for the 5th lowest total in the history of IPL as they folded for 68 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai

It was a horror batting show from RCB as they never got going after losing as many as 3 wickets in the 2nd over of the match bowled by Marco Jansen. Virat Kohli got out for his second golden duck while captain Faf du Plessis fell for 5.

Glenn Maxwell failed to convert his start into a big knock as he was one of 3 victims of lett-arm pacer T Natarajan, who has already picked up 15 wickets for SRH in IPL 2022. Dinesh Karthik, who had been playing the rescue act for RCB in the season, failed to get going as he fell for 0.

SunRisers Hyderabad needed just 8 overs to get past the finish line as Abhishek Sharma’s quickfire 47 gave them a 9-wicket victory.

” You want to make sure you don’t get a lot emotional, it was a bad day at the office, but you need to keep your chin up and need to get the learning from it. As a team we need to move forward, it’s a long tournament,” du Plessis said.

RCB were 20/4 in the powerplay after losing their Big 3, including du Plessis, Maxwell and Kohli. Anuj Rawat, who got out for 0, hasn’t been in the best of forms and du Plessis emphasised the need to play risk-free cricket in the powerplay and lay down a foundation if that meant cutting down a few runs in the first 6 overs.

“The first four overs, we shouldn’t have lost so many wickets, it was a bit spicy upfront. We still got to find a way to set a foundation, even if it’s sacrificing a few runs in the powerplay. We just needed to get through that phase where the ball was swinging and seaming, once you get through it, it becomes easier,” he added.

RCB will look to bounce back strong when they next face Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on April 26.

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