In the 31st match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 18 runs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Chasing the massive target of 182, Lucknow never really got the momentum and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Krunal Pandya, with 42 off 28 balls, was their highest scorer as the KL Rahul-led side could only manage to reach 163/8, losing the contest by 18 runs.

Speedster Josh Hazlewood was at his best with the ball, not allowing LSG batters to find the rhythm at all. The right-armer picked up a brilliant 4-wicket haul while conceding only 25 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

Earlier, Faf du Plessis led RCB from the front, smashing an incredible knock to push his side breach the 180-run mark after the Challengers were four down for just 62 runs in 7.2 overs.

Du Plessis stayed until the second last ball of RCB’s innings to ensure his team reached a big total. The South African star scored 96 runs off just 64 balls, including 11 fours and a couple of sixes, as RCB posted 181/6 on the board in 20 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Back-to-back wins. ✅
A comprehensive performance with the bat and ball. ✅

Let’s take this momentum into the next challenge. 💪🏻#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2022  #Mission2022 #RCB  #ನಮ್ಮRCB #LSGvRCB pic.twitter.com/CwDGTGj2wD

— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 19, 2022

Winning the game from Losing two wickets in the first over of the game, well done RCB 👏

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 19, 2022

Josh’s stellar spell of 4/25 is an outstanding performance which helped #RCB to pull this one. #JoshHazlewood #RCBvLSG #IPL2022

— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 19, 2022

Brilliant Josh! A rare display of taking plenty of wickets and also being economical. #LSGvRCB #LSGvRCB pic.twitter.com/ILT4gZa1ts

— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) April 19, 2022

RCB have been tactically excellent and have given importance to ROLE Clarity which in my view is vital in the IPL. They have already been put in tough situations on many occasions and have come out well. If RCB can finish in the top 2 they have a great chance to go all the way.

— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 19, 2022

That’s that from Match 31.@RCBTweets win by 18 runs against #LSG.

Scorecard – https://t.co/9Dwu1D2Lxc #LSGvRCB #TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/oSxJ4fAukI

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2022

Chennai’s loss is Bangalore’s gain. Faf and Hazlewood. #RCB has been superb thus far…finding ways to win when a lot seems lost. 👏👏 #IPL2022

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 19, 2022

#RCB defended 189 runs against Delhi and 181 runs against Lucknow in #IPL2022.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 19, 2022

Reckon there are few batters as clinical in their approach to a T20 innings than Faf du Plessis. Reckon his ton for Saint Lucia Kings at last year’s CPL was the best put together T20 innings I have watched.

— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 19, 2022

❤️🏏 VICTORY FOR RCB! An all-around display of dominance from Bangalore tonight as they pick up a solid victory over LSG!

💪 They’re now placed second in the points table with 1️⃣0️⃣ points

📸 IPL • #LSGvRCB #RCBvLSG #IPL #IPL2022 #TATAIPL #BharatArmy pic.twitter.com/dcxvL0kEXc

— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) April 19, 2022

#IPL2022 #LSGvRCB pic.twitter.com/gxYc6AFh8Y

— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 19, 2022

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