Faf du Plessis, leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with exceptional determination in the IPL 2024, encountered a distressing dismissal that left fans and teammates in disbelief.

In a crucial must-win match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), du Plessis was showcasing his batting prowess, having scored a promising 54 runs. His innings, marked by a series of remarkable shots, seemed poised to propel RCB to a formidable total.

Faf du Plessis

The incident occurred on the final delivery of the 13th over, bowled by Mitchell Santner. Rajat Patidar, facing Santner, drove a full delivery powerfully straight down the pitch. Santner, in an attempt to intercept, managed only to get his fingertips to the ball, which then deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

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Faf du Plessis, caught in a moment of misfortune, was at the non-striker’s end. Although it appeared that du Plessis was inside the crease, CSK’s appeal led to the decision being referred upstairs.

The third umpire’s review sparked a wave of anticipation and uncertainty. Replays suggested a close call, with doubts lingering about whether Faf du Plessis had his bat grounded inside the crease.

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After a prolonged deliberation, the third umpire concluded that du Plessis’s bat was marginally in the air at the precise moment the bails were dislodged. This controversial decision declared du Plessis out, much to the chagrin of the RCB captain and their supporters.

Even after Faf du Plessis’s dismissal, RCB managed to post 218 on board –

Du Plessis’s dismissal was a significant blow for RCB, especially considering his form and the momentum he was building. Despite this setback, RCB managed to post a substantial total of 218 runs on the scoreboard after their allotted 20 overs. However, the loss of their well-set captain undoubtedly impacted their confidence and strategy.

This incident highlighted the fine margins in cricket and the pivotal role of technology in decision-making. For Faf du Plessis and RCB, the contentious dismissal was a moment of frustration and what-ifs, underscoring the unpredictable nature of the sport.

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