“I was trying to get myself out,” RCB skipper Faf du Plessis reveals his gameplan in the death overs against SRH

Faf du Plessis wanted to get out because he wanted his finisher Dinesh Karthik at the crease

The RCB skipper Faf du Plessis has revealed that he was trying to get himself out in the latter stages of the RCB innings in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and if he wasn’t going to get dismissed, he would have probably retired himself out. Faf, however, didn’t have to do that eventually because Glenn Maxwell got out.

The reason why Faf du Plessis wanted to get himself out was that he wanted Dinesh Karthik at the crease who has proven to be the best finisher in this year’s IPL so far.

Faf thought that he was extremely tired and Karthik, who was in the dressing room and was not batting under the extreme heat for an hour or so, would be in a better position to come at the crease afresh and hit some big shots.

Karthik got the opportunity to walk in during the 19th over of the innings when Maxwell was holed out in the deep and the wicketkeeper-batsman got going straight away.

Faf du Plessis eventually stayed unbeaten at the score of 73

Karthik’s first two balls were dot balls, but he ended up with a knock of 30 off 8 which meant he scored 30 runs off his last 6 balls. That included 3 consecutive sixes off the bowling of the Afghan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi. Faf du Plessis, on the other hand, remained not out on 73 off 50 balls.

Karthik was, however, a bit lucky as well because his catch was dropped by Rahul Tripathi at the deep midwicket boundary which earned him a six, and from there, he went full bonkers and connected everything from the middle of the bat.

RCB won the game by a huge margin, as SRH didn’t even manage to cross the mark of 130. So, it’s hard to say how much that catch drop would have impacted the outcome of the game, but it would have certainly impacted the RCB innings at the end. SRH might have had to chase a score in the range of 170 if that catch was taken by Tripathi.


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