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RCB missed the services of Harshal Patel, admits Faf Du Plessis after their 23-run defeat to CSK

RCB missed the services of Harshal Patel, admits Faf Du Plessis after their 23-run defeat to CSK

RCB captain Faf Du Plessis admitted that the team missed the services of their star pacer Harshal Patel in their 23-run defeat to CSK in Match 22 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

Harshal Patel was not a part of RCB’s Playing XI against CSK on Tuesday as the star pacer had to leave the IPL bio-bubble after getting the tragic news of his sister’s death. Harshal exited the bio-bubble on Sunday after the conclusion of RCB’s match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday in Pune. It is still unclear for how long Harshal will remain unavailable for RCB matches but as per the reports, Harshal could feature in their next fixture against DC slated to be played on April 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Harshal Patel will have to undergo three days of mandatory quarantine when he will return to RCB bio-bubble. Meanwhile, to honor Harshal’s late sister, RCB players wore black armbands when they took the field in their previous clash against CSK on Tuesday at the DY Patil Stadium.

Speaking about Harshal’s importance in the RCB squad Captain FAF Du Plessis said, “You see the value he (Harshal) offers not just to this team but any team. He has got the ability to really stop the game. We missed that tonight. Even towards the end, we lacked variety. Big miss for us, hopefully, we will have him back soon again,”

In RCB’s clash against CSK, except Josh Hazlewood who conceded 33 runs scalping one wicket none of the RCB bowlers managed to keep their economy rate under 9. RCB’s other bowling options too conceded massive runs (83 runs in 8 overs) making it difficult for Captain Plessis to find their right bowling combination in the absence of Harshal Patel.

Captain Plessis also laud the efforts of debutant Suyash Prabudessai & newbie Shahbaz Ahmed who showed up with the bat when big guns du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell failed to do so. Due to the combined efforts of Shahbaz Ahmed (41 off 27), debutant Suyash Prabhudessai (34 off 18), and in-form Dinesh Karthik (34 off 14), RCB scored 193 in the allotted 20 overs after getting reduced to 50-4 at the beginning of their chase.

“Impressed by the way the guys coming in on a debut at 5 or 6 and playing like that just shows depth in our bowling. Even though we lost we were only 20 runs short on a total we should have been blown out of order and that is impressive,” he added.

Coming to the match, Riding on the stupendous knocks of Shivam Dube 95* & Robin Uthappa’s 88 along with Maheesh Theekshana’s four-wicket haul, CSK earned their maiden points of the tournament by defeating RCB by 23 runs in the match 22 of the IPL 2022 at teh DY Patil Stadium.

RCB will next lock horns with Delhi Capitals in their next clash of the IPL 2022 on April 16 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

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RCB missed the services of Harshal Patel, admits Faf Du Plessis after their 23-run defeat to CSK
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