The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants match came down to the last ball, with the visitors winning admirably. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was hosting the 15th match of the IPL 2023.
The Last Bowl
In order to restrict Lucknow from scoring the final run off the final ball, Harshal Patel tried to run out Ravi Bishnoi at the non-striker’s end but could not get the bails off the stumps due to his speed. As per the rules, the bowler cannot run the batter on the non-striker’s end if he has completed the bowling action.
‘In order to run the non-striker out, the bowler must be inside the crease or should not have completed the bowling action. But Harshal failed to do so and threw the ball onto the stumps from outside the crease after completing the bowling action. Hence, he was denied the run-out.’ ‘Quotes crictracker’
At the start of the game, RCB posted a target of 213 runs as top-order batters Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell put up splendid half-centuries to finish the first innings on a positive note. Lucknow’s bowlers’ poor performance gave RCB batters a treat and smashed 12 fours and 15 sixes in the first innings.
Chasing the total, Lucknow had an awful start as the KL Rahul-led side lost three batters within the powerplay, thanks to Wayne Parnell and Mohammed Siraj’s good bowling. The bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals as LSG was down to 105/5 in 11.1 overs when captain Rahul walked back to the pavilion.
But the game changed as West Indies’ power hitter Nicholas Pooran smashed the joint second-fastest half-century in the history of the tournament, and the fastest of the IPL 2023, achieving the feat in just 15 deliveries. The wicketkeeper-batter was a force to be reckoned with; he kept the scoreboard going and made the chase quite easy.
Pooran’s wicket in the 17th over put LSG at risk, but the lower-order batters held the game tight and anchored the innings. LSG needed just one run to win, hence the outcome of the game depended on the final ball of the last over. Avesh Khan completed the last run and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after RCB wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik fumbled.