MI vs RCB: Faf du Plessis admits RCB’s bowling weakness after Wankhede hammering

RCB captain Faf du Plessis admitted that the former finalists don’t have the bowling attack to challenge opposition sides after MI handed them a 7-wicket hammering in an IPL 2024 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. After 196 did not prove enough for RCB, captain Du Plessis said that their batters need to consistently look for totals in excess of 200 if they are to harbour hopes of winning games and making a comeback in the remainder of the season.

RCB were handed their 5th loss in 6 matches in IPL 2024 and the hammering at the Wankhede would have disheartened even the most optimistic of RCB fans. The fifties from Faf du Plessis, Rajat Patidar, and Dinesh Karthik helped the visiting side post 196 on the board despite failures from Glenn Maxwell and Virat Kohli. However, the target was chased down by MI in just 15.3 overs as they made a mockery of the chase at the Wankhede Stadium. Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya tore into the RCB bowlers.

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Not even one of the RCB bowlers managed to escape the carnage as all 6 bowlers used by captain Faf du Plessis conceded in excess of 10 runs per over. Pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj leaked 37 runs in 3 overs in a disappointing show on Thursday.

“I feel like from a batting perspective, we have to push for that 200. We don’t have as many weapons in our bowling. So it comes down to the batting. From a bowling perspective, we have lacked penetration. We have to get them two or three down in the powerplay. Always feels like we are on the back foot after the first four overs,” Faf du Plessis said.

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RCB have struggled to defend totals in this season after having failed to pick a well-rounded bowling attack at the auction. RCB did not have an established spinner as they picked the likes of Karn Sharma and Mayank Dagar. It was a harsh reality check for RCB at the Wankhede as it looked like a total of even 250 would not have been safe.


Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis was envious of MI as he heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, who stood out from the rest with a sensational 5-wicket haul.

“He has been the difference in the two innings. We put them under pressure but the one guy, being out there myself, and you see him with the ball in his hand. You want to put him under pressure, but the variety does everyone in. He has got a really good bouncer, a slower ball. Someone like Malinga was the best bowler in T20 cricket, but Bumrah has taken over the reins. You know you can bring him on and take the wickets but also be defensive,” Du Plessis said.

Bumrah picked up a 5-wicket haul, his second in T20s, giving away just 21 runs in his 4-over quota.

Published By:

Akshay Ramesh

Published On:

Apr 12, 2024

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