When Royal Challengers Bangalore’s director of cricket operation Mike Hesson said ahead of the game against Lucknow SuperGiants that from a batting perspective his side had to get its strategy right on a consistent basis, he was probably alluding to the match against Delhi Capitals a few days earlier.

Then, two batting stalwarts- Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik — had played stellar knocks and Shahbaz Ahmed had played a cameo to guide them to an imposing 189. A similar template was used against LSG in RCB’s 18-run victory at the DY Patil Stadium, where skipper Faf du Plessis smashed a belligerent 64- ball 96 and Maxwell and Ahmed too did their bit with the bat.“So, from a batting point of view, we probably got it right once (against DC). So, here is another opportunity (against LSG) for us to get it right as a batting unit. We got enough experience to defend on that surface,” Hesson had said.

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In a similar display, the Challengers ripped through the ranks of the Lucknow SuperGiants in what one would call a clinical display of vision, aggression and some intelligent captaincy.

Du Plessis, who was seeing wickets tumble at the other end, took his time to get his eyes in and then started attacking. He frequently got on top of the balls, playing some exotic strokes that had his intentions of making a comeback clear. He didn’t play one tentative shot and played the instrumental role of upping the run-rate when Shahbaz Ahmed played a silent spectator at the other end.

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