Marcus Stoinis was absolutely furious after being dismissed by fellow Aussie Josh Hazlewood, believing he’d been dudded the ball before.

Skipper Faf du Plessis said an elusive IPL century is “around the corner” after his 96 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs.

The South African made Bangalore fight back with his 64-ball knock after they lost two wickets, including Virat Kohli for a golden duck, in the opening over in Mumbai.

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RCB posted 6-181, a total their bowlers — led by Australin quick Josh Hazlewood — defended by restricting Lucknow to 8-163.

But the 37-year-old du Plessis remained the hero after he put on a 70-run fifth-wicket stand with Shahbaz Ahmed, who made 26, and then a brisk 49 with the in-form Dinesh Karthik.

The former Proteas skipper missed out on a hundred after holing out off Jason Holder in the final over of the innings.

“My elusive IPL hundred … I feel it is around the corner,” said man of the match du Plessis, who equalled his previous IPL best of 96 against Punjab Kings in 2019.

“I wanted to make a big impact because the last few games had been quiet for me. I went through my own processes and blueprint for scoring runs so I had a clear mental image going into this match and I am glad that it paid off.”

Bangalore, who are searching for their maiden IPL title, moved to second in the table behind leaders Gujarat Titans. Lucknow slipped to fourth.

Hazlewood returned figures of 4-25, including the key wickets of opener Quinton de Kock for three and Marcus Stoinis, who made a 15-ball 24 before being bowled by his international teammate in the penultimate over.

Stoinis was absolutely livid when he was dismissed the ball after the umpire refused to call a wide. The Aussie all-rounder moved across his crease and Hazlewood followed him but overcorrected, and the delivery nearly went off the pitch it was so wide — but the umpire let it go.

Stoinis moved across the next ball but was bowled from a deflection off his pad. He appeared to scream “f*** you” in anger and gestured angrily with his bat.

Furious, he covered his mouth with his hand on his way off the ground to prevent cameras from seeing or hearing his outburst.

The KL Rahul-led Lucknow, who are one of two new franchises along with Gujarat, lost regular wickets in their chase, with Hazlewood striking twice in his first two overs.

Rahul made 30 and Krunal Pandya hit 42 off 28 balls but it was Stoinis’ late blitz that raised Lucknow’s hopes.

“Everyone has chipped in and everyone looks in good form and everyone scored for us,” said Rahul. “Important that one or two guys who have a good day need to dig in and take the team through.”

Thursday’s match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings has been shifted to Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium from Pune due a Covid outbreak in the Delhi team.

Australia’s Mitchell Marsh was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Delhi have five positive Covid cases including four support staff members.

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