IPL 2022: Rajat Patidar beats 112 of 54 deliveries against LSG.© BCCI/IPL
After a thrilling win over Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Eliminator, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis was ‘over the moon’ and credited centurion Rajat Patidar for his outstanding performance against LSG. Rajat Patidar played for Royal Challengers Bangalore when they defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the IPL 2022 Eliminator clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. First batter, an undefeated century by Rajat Patidar (112*) and his 92-run stand with wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to a massive 207/4 in their 20 overs against IPL debutants Lucknow Super Giants.
“Today was a special day. The boys put in a special performance. Over the moon. For a young man to play like he did. The way he celebrated it also says he has a good head on his shoulders. His 100 was one of the best I’ve seen in the IPL,” said Faf du Plessis in a post-match presentation.
Patidar got the fastest century by an uncapped player in the history of the tournament. He hit his barrel in 49 balls and finished the innings with a score of 112 off 54 balls.
“Our bowlers were clear and calm and that was good. He has all the shots. Every time he attacks, he puts the pressure back on the opponent. It’s important to celebrate, despite something big coming up.” said du Plessis. †
The RCB skipper praised one of the stars of RCB’s win, Harshal Patel, saying that the bowler was the “joker” on the team – referring to playing cards of course – and always performs in any pressure situation. As the match reached its pivotal stage, LSG needed 24 out of 6, but Harshal Patel kept his nerves to watch RCB cross the finish line.
“We were very happy as a group. As a group we needed some calm presence. We didn’t feel like it was a big game. Everyone was calm and relaxed. Harshal is the joker in the pack. A special card I can He bowls the important overs. His penultimate over changed the game for us,” he added.
With this win, RCB will face Rajasthan Royals on Friday in Qualifier 2 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad for a place in the final against Gujarat Titans.
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