Mayank Yadav breaks his own record, again bowls the fastest ball of IPL 2024

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Mayank Yadav continued his terrific run as he picked up three wickets to guide Lucknow Super Giants to a resounding win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Mayank, who bowled at a speed of 155.8 kmph against Punjab Kings a few days ago, once again excelled as he bowled the fastest IPL 2024 at 156.7 kmph. Mayank completely decimated RCB’s batting by taking crucial wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar as well.

According to IPL, Mayank currently holds the record for fastest bowler in IPL 2024, followed by Andre Berger (153), Gerald Coetzee (152.3), Alzari Joseph (151.2) and Mathisha Pathirana (150.9).

Quinton de Kock’s tight fifty and pace sensation Mayank Yadav’s youthful brilliance helped Lucknow Supergiants beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 28 runs in an IPL match here on Tuesday.

Lucknow scored 181 for five around Quinton de Kock’s 81 (56b) and Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 40 (21b).

RCB briefly threatened to scale 182 miraculously through Mahipal Lomaror, who scored 33 off 13 balls.

However, Mayank’s scintillating haul of three wickets (3/14) could not be denied as the hosts were bowled out for 153 runs.

But in reality, RCB’s chase never really materialized – partly through their own follies and partly through the superiority of Lucknow’s bowlers.

Lucknow started the bowling with two spinners – Manimaran Siddharth and Krunal Pandya – and they surprised Faf du Plessis (19 off 13 balls) and Virat Kohli (22 off 16 balls).

But the introduction of fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq saw Kohli smoking a six over the bowler’s head.

Left-arm spinner Siddharth soon got a huge wicket for the in-form Kohli as the latter’s attempted inside-out resulted in a simple catch by Devdutt Padikal at backward point.

RCB then pulled ahead with senseless run-outs to skipper du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Greene and found themselves at 58 for four in the eighth over.

This was the period when Mayank picked up the pace (3-0-13-2) in his three-over spell.

Maxwell tried to pull a laser beam of 151 kmph from Mayank, but the high speed meant the Aussie could not time his pull, resulting in an easy catch by Pooran at short mid-wicket.

Green was beaten by Mayank’s raw pace as the delivery straightened a bit after pitching at a good length to rattle his off-stump.

The right-arm fastball later added Rajat Patidar (27) to his kitty and reduced RCB to 103 for six, with the home side sinking fast.

Earlier, de Kock showed his exceptional hitting skills with a fifty but Lucknow could not get past the same score.

The left-hander chose the bowlers and the position around the field to play his shots with precision but the RCB bowlers did not allow free runs to the batsmen other than Pooran.

The Super Giants quickly got out of the blocks, reaching 32 for no loss in three overs and then scored 54 in the power play.

Most of the runs came from de Kock’s blade, who singled out fast bowler Mohammad Siraj.

The South African hit him with three sixes – back-to-back – spread over two overs – two powerful pulls and a beautiful loft over mid-wicket.

KL Rahul, who had led the side after coming in as an impact sub against Punjab Kings in the previous game, started slowly scoring six runs off his first 10 balls.

But left-arm fast bowler Yash Dayal boosted his innings by hitting a six and later he hit spinner Maxwell for a six.

However, Rahul perished soon after Maxwell’s attempt to pull a good length delivery fell into the palms of Mayank Dagar inside the circle.

Another notable partnership in the LSG innings was De Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15B) who added 56 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket after Devdutt Padikal’s dismissal.

De Kock, who scored his half-century off 36 balls, continued his end during the engagement as Stoinis hit a six each off Maxwell and Green as LSG got going.

But the blossoming partnership ended when Stoinis’ half-hearted swat was pouched at point by Dagger. De Kock soon departs, Reece takes the basket to Dagger on a long-on.

LSG were then 143 for four in 16.3 overs and needed a few more runs to reach a safe margin.

Poorane, who smashed the left-arm seamer basket for three consecutive sixes in the 19th over and two more in the final over from Mohammad Siraj, gave it to him during his final foray.

(with PTI inputs)

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