50 for Faf, but RCB are struggling


Faf du Plessis led from the front, but the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) still lost badly against the Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

Du Plessis, who holds the captaincy reins of RCB, smashed 61 runs from 40 deliveries and his team was able to score 196/8 in the allotted 20 overs.

However, Jasprit Bumrah excelled with his five wickets for Mumbai and he often put the batsmen under pressure with his great streaking deliveries.

After that, the Indians’ batting machine moved away at the speed of light with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav providing a kaleidoscope of colorful boundary hits.

There were still 27 deliveries left in the match when Hardik Pandya sealed the match with a six for his team.

According to Du Plessis, his team just didn’t have enough runs on the scoreboard; especially because RCB’s bowlers are struggling to get up to speed this year.

“Mumbai’s batsmen immediately had us on the back foot and they did not struggle with their timing at all. We should have hit 220 runs; A score of just over 190 runs is just not good enough,” said the former Protea captain.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bengaluru 196/8 in 20 overs: Faf du Plessis 61, Dinesh Karthik 53* and Jasprit Bumrah 5/21.

Mumbai Indians 199/3 in 15.3 overs: Ishan Kishan 69, Suryakumar Yadav 52 and Will Jacks 1/24.

Outcome: Mumbai Indians win by seven wickets.

  • IPL Standings:
  1. Rajasthan Royals: 8 points after five matches
  2. Kolkata Knight Riders: 6 points after four matches
  3. Lucknow Super Giants: 6 points after four matches
  4. Chennai Super Kings: 6 points after five matches
  5. Sunrisers Hyderabad: 6 points after five matches
  6. Gujarat Titans: 6 points after six matches
  7. Mumbai Indians: 4 points after five matches
  8. Punjab Kings: 4 points after five matches
  9. Royal Challengers Bengaluru: 2 points after six matches
  10. Delhi Capitals: 2 points after five matches.