On Monday, 1st May 2023, the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow witnessed a heated war of words between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in a low-scoring match.
RCB, batting first, managed to put up a total of 126/9 in their 20 overs. However, they were able to defend this total convincingly, thanks to some exceptional bowling performances. Faf du Plessis, who scored 44 runs off 40 deliveries with one boundary and six each, was declared the Player of the Match for his vital contribution.
The pitch at the Ekana Cricket Stadium was slow and sluggish, making it difficult for the batters on both sides. LSG knew they had to make the most of the powerplay, but after the first two overs which yielded just 2 runs, they started to swing their bats.
Unfortunately, this approach didn’t work on this pitch. Whenever a batter tried to take the aggressive route, in either innings, a wicket was round the corner.
LSG had a chance to win the match, but they were not able to build a substantial partnership due to the slow pitch. KL Rahul, who could have been the game-changer, was injured and only walked out when the game was already gone.
The highlight of the match, however, was the heated exchange between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. The two had to be separated by Faf du Plessis, Amit Mishra and KL Rahul after they were involved in a war of words.
Despite the loss, LSG still has a chance to make it to the playoffs. They will need to regroup quickly and come back stronger in their upcoming matches. On the other hand, RCB will be delighted with their performance and will look to continue their winning momentum in the next matches.
The match between LSG and RCB was a low-scoring affair, but it was an exciting encounter nonetheless. The slow pitch made it a challenging game for the batters, and RCB’s bowlers capitalized on this to secure an 18-run victory. The match will be remembered for the Kohli-Gambhir spat, which only added to the drama of the match.