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Captain Faf du Plessis wants RCB to keep momentum going after hat-trick of wins

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 6:47 PM
Modified at :May 5, 2024 at 6:47 PM
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Murali Krishna


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Faf du Plessis-led RCB bounced back in the ongoing IPL 2024 with three consecutive wins.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) made it a hat-trick of wins on Saturday night and skipper Faf du Plessis wants his players to carry forward the hard-fought momentum they have built over the past fortnight. The previous win was the result of a complete team performance from RCB: their best batting and bowling powerplays, achieved with some electric hitting and pace-bowling backed up by sharp fielding.

“Boys well done tonight, unbelievable performance. From my side I can feel the confidence in the group when we are out there in the field. I hope that belief is starting to filter through the group of how good a team we are when we are playing the style of cricket we want to play. So unbelievable effort on that,” captain du Plessis said on RCB Dressing Room Chat.

The skipper added, “With the bat I know we were not at our best tonight at the last bit of it. That is a point we will talk about in the review. But make sure we celebrate this because we have worked hard three games on the bounce. We take the momentum with us, we take the confidence with us when we move to the next game.”

Assistant coach Adam Griffith also complemented the players for putting together the best powerplay displays for RCB in both batting and bowling, among several other brilliant performances. 

“From the bowling perspective tonight, 23 for 3, that is the best powerplay of the tournament. We only got hit for two boundaries in that time, so well done, execution was spot-on. We bowled to the conditions perfectly,” coach Griffith said.

“We kept talking about the aggressiveness to take wickets and to bowl a team out is always tough in a T20 game, to take 10 wickets is exactly what we were after, so well done. The last four overs, we took 5-26. We finished beautifully. It was a team bowling effort and we all played our part as a group.”

He added, “And 92 for 1, that is the best (batting) powerplay RCB has ever had. And Faf, that is the second fastest 50 [off 18 balls] for RCB. In the field, our first direct-hit run-out of the tournament, it was a really important wicket [Shahrukh Khan] for us, so well done Virat.”

Also getting praise from the assistant coach was Swapnil Singh, who began the game conceding just one run off the first over, and then hit the winning runs with an unbeaten 15 off 9. 

“Special mention for Swappers, you got the broom out there at the end. Started the game for us, finished the game for us, well done,” coach Griffith concluded.

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