‘Look mom…’: Mayank Yadav’s Instagram post after beating RCB wins the internet

"Look mom...": Mayank Yadav's Instagram post after beating RCB wins the internet

Mayank Yadav in action for LSG during IPL 2024©AFP

After his team’s 28-run win against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) pace sensation Mayank Yadav expressed his happiness over his performance, with a heartwarming post on social media. A three-wicket haul from Mayank and a barrage of top-order bowling destroyed RCB’s top order and helped LSG hand the home side their third defeat at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday. After the win, Mayank took to Instagram and wrote, “Look mom, I can fly.” In just two matches, Mayank has made headlines for his pace, regularly reaching bowling speeds of over 150 kmph.

During the match against RCB, Yadav took three wickets during his four-over, giving away just 14 runs. Following his remarkable performance, the leader was named “Player of the Match”.

The LSG seamer created history at the age of 21 by becoming the first bowler in IPL history to win the ‘Player of the Match’ award in his first two matches.

He recorded 156.7 kmph in the match against RCB and delivered the fastest delivery in the ongoing edition and overall the fourth fastest in the history of the entire tournament, breaking his own record set during of the Punjab Kings match which was his debut, where he recorded a time of 155.8. km/h. In his first match, he took 3/27 in four overs.

It’s not just Mayank’s pace that has many calling him India’s next big hope, it’s also the control of his line, length and intimidation he has produced in a few matches that stands out .

His three consecutive wickets in his first two matches also helped him enter the list of elite players. Yadav became the sixth bowler to take more than three wickets in each of their first two IPL matches. The 21-year-old pacer has now registered his name alongside Lasith Malinga, Amit Singh, Mayank Markande and Jofra Archer.

Coming to the match, RCB opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Openers Quinton de Kock and skipper KL Rahul (20 in 14 balls, with two sixes) gave LSG a measured start with an opening stand of 53 runs. There was a 56-run stand between Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24 in 15 balls, with a four and two sixes) that helped LSG cross the 100-run mark. The RCB bowlers put pressure on the bat towards the end, but Nicholas Pooran (40* in 21 balls, with a four and five sixes) finished well for LSG, taking them to 181/5 in their 20 overs.

Glenn Maxwell (2/23) was the pick of the RCB bowlers.

Mohammed Siraj, Yash Dayal and Reece Topley took a wicket each for RCB. In the chase, openers Virat Kohli (22 in 16 balls, with two fours and a six) and Faf Du Plessis (19 in 13 balls, with three fours) started with a 40-run opening stand. But a game-changing spell from Mayank Yadav (3/14) put RCB on the wrong foot, reducing them to 94/5. Mahipal Lomror (33 in 13 balls, with three fours and three sixes) and Rajat Patidar (29 in 21 balls, with two fours and two sixes) tried to fight back, but RCB could only score 153 in 19.4 overs.

Besides Mayank, Naveen-ul-Haq (2/25) was the pick of the bowlers for LSG. Siddharth, Yash Thakur and Stoinis have one wicket each.

Mayank earned the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his spell. RCB are in ninth place with one win and two losses, giving them three points. LSG are in fourth place with two wins and one loss, giving them four points.

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