The 37-year-old skipper said that his team needed players to stabilize the half and then make moves at the back. In this match, he was grateful to be able to do it. Although du Plessis missed a century, he managed to bring his team to a glorious victory.
“Important that I am able to follow my blueprint of batting. If you bowled slow into the wicket to the big boundary, it never felt like you had enough power to clear that boundary," said the South African international.
"Early in the innings, there was help for the bowlers and they did get us in trouble but we found a way. Our bowlers then stuck to the plans and when you do that on a ground like this, it's tough for the batters.”
After RCB started the hit, their team had a few surprises at the start. After captain du Plessis came on, the Bangalore-based team managed to record 96 of 64 deliveries. Chasing a target of 182, Lucknow did not gain any momentum in the match and instead lost wickets continuously. Krunal Pandya recorded 42 of 28 balls and the team led by KL Rahul could only record 163/8 until they lost by 18 runs.
Meanwhile, Bangalore speedster Josh Hazlewood was at his best and did not let the LSG hitter find a rhythm in the match. The Australian cricketer managed to pick up a brilliant 4-wicket. Du Plessis, who had previously led RCB from the front, struck a superb strike to push Bangalore over the 180-run mark after they had trailed 62 runs in 7.2 over. The South African cricket star held on until the second last ball of the half to ensure RCB took a big hit.