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RCB vs LSG IPL 2022 Eliminator: Rajat Patidar century leads Royal Challengers to Qualifier 2, to meet RR

Rajat Patidar

Kolkata, May 25: Royal Challengers Bangalore entered the Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2022 beating Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday (May 25).

The RCB will face Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 at Ahmedabad.

Earlier, Patidar made mockery of LSG bowling with a masterly T20 hundred that guided the RCB to a 200+ total.

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They had a horror beginning to the innings as the Bangalore side lost skipper Faf du Plessis in the first ball he faced from Mohsin Khan.

The South Africa snicked the Lucknow left-arm pacer to Quinton de Kock to behind the wicket and the burden on his only grew in manifold as Virat Kohli, at the other end, struggled to get going as timing deserted him.

But Patidar more than made up for it with a perfect T20 innings that started as a slow burner before attaining the kind of tempo the RCB innings needed.

Patidar soon brought up his maiden T20 hundered, first in IPL too, and Dinesh Karthik also joined the party from the other end.

Rajat Patidar

In the innings-break interview in Star Sports, Patidar said he tried to time and place the ball well during his innings.

“It feels good that we have posted such a good total on a good pitch. It won't be that easy to defent this total, but if we bowl well, we do have a chance to win this game.

“I just tried to time the ball well and place it in the gaps. I wasn't looking forward to getting my century, but I was trying to get as many runs as possible,” said Patidar.

With both the batsmen firing from all cylinders, 90 runs came cascading in the last 7 overs as the RCB total tipped past the 200-run mark.

It was good enough for them to reach a healthy total and later a berth in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 2.

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Story first published: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 0:35 [IST]
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