Wednesday, December 6, 2023

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis completes 4000 IPL runs

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On Sunday, Faf du Plessis, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), scored his 4,000th run in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, DuPlessis reached this milestone during the game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

DuPlessis played 128 matches, scoring 4034 runs with an average of 36.67 and a strike rate of 133.80. He scored 55 runs off 41 balls in the game to set the record. In the IPL, he has 32 fifties to his credit.

He has clinched another milestone of becoming the only batter to cross 600 runs in the IPL 2023. In the season so far, he has 631 runs with an impressive average of 57.36 and a strike rate of 154.28. He has smashed seven half-centuries in the season.

In 2012, the South African hitter participated in his first game for Chennai Super Kings. In 92 games for CSK, he amassed 2721 runs at an average of 35.34. 20 half-centuries were scored by him for the Yellow Army. DuPlessis played eight games for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant, contributing 214 runs at an average of over 30 with two fifty-plus scores.

Faf Du Plessis became the captain of RCB in 2022. He has participated in 28 IPL games and amassed 1099 runs. Ten half-centuries have been scored by him for the team, with a best score of 96.
As the captain of the RCB since 2022, DuPlessis has participated in 27 IPL games and scored 1044 runs at an average of 41.76 and a strike rate of 142.62. With a top score of 96, he has scored nine half-centuries for the team.

Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli formed a 50-run partnership

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, the RCB’s in-form openers, came to bat and provided the team with a strong start. RCB had a 42/0 record at the conclusion of the powerplay. Virat Kohli scored 17 off 17 balls, and Faf du Plessis scored 23* off 199 balls.

In 6.3 overs, the pair accumulated 50 runs together, but Virat was removed in the seventh over when Asif bowled a slower ball. In 19 balls, Virat scored 18 points. DuPlessis was soon joined in the middle by Glenn Maxwell, and the two together added 50 runs off of 38 balls to the score. In 13.2 overs, RCB reached their 100-run milestone.

The RCB skipper scored a half-century in just 41 balls, giving him a seventh fifty of the year. However, Asif plucked off Faf Du Plessis’ scalp with a full-length delivery in the same over. Mahipal Lomror, who faced two balls and scored one run, was struck out by Adam Zampa in the following over.

In the 16.5 over, Maxwell needed just 30 balls to complete his fifty. With a stunning yorker that took the wickets in the 17.3 overs, Sandeep Sharma got rid of Maxwell. Anuj Rawat demonstrated class in the final over by hitting two back-to-back sixes and a four, giving RCB 171/5 in 20 overs.

Adam Zampa established his position in the team by taking two wickets while only giving up 25 runs. While Sandeep Sharma only struck out one batter, Asif also claimed two wickets.

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