IPL 2022: Rajat Patidar hits ton as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants in eliminator

Josh Hazlewood celebrating a wicket
Josh Hazlewood took KL Rahul’s key wicket to 79
Indian Premier League 2022: Eliminator
Royal Challengers Bangalore 207-4: Patidar 112* (54); Khan 1-25
Lucknow Super Giants 193-6: KL Rahul 79 (58); Hazlewood 3-43
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 14 races
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Rajat Patidar reached a sublime century when the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League eliminator.

Patidar scored 112 undefeated in just 54 balls to help RCB post 207-4.

Super Giants captain KL Rahul made it 79 of 58 in response, but the IPL newcomers were only able to total 193-6 as Australia’s fast player Josh Hazlewood took 3-43.

RCB face Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier on Friday to decide who will join the Gujarat Titans in Sunday’s final.

India star Virat Kohli roared with joy after RCB secured victory, having lost the eliminator in the last two campaigns.

Kohli, who left the RCB captaincy last year to be replaced by Faf du Plessis, is still chasing an inaugural IPL title with the franchise he has represented since the inaugural tournament in 2008.

Lucknow, who is one of two new franchises this season with Gujarat, is eliminated from the competition.

Patidar surpasses the stars of RCB

Just looking at RCB’s batting formation is a daunting prospect for any player. The top four with Kohli, Du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell should not leave any team without races.

But in the eliminator, when it mattered most, the three biggest names managed a combined total of just 34.

They were overshadowed by the relatively unknown Patidar, who initially went unsold at the 2022 auction and was only drafted into the RCB ranks mid-tournament as an injury replacement.

The right-hander took aim at the side of the leg, throwing a series of powerful shots to bring out his inaugural T20 Century with just 49 balls.

He also took his luck – he dropped to 72 and 93 – but capitalized to 12 fours and seven sixes.

Patidar and Dinesh Karthik, who hit undefeated 37 on 23 balls, added 92 runs to the fifth wicket and crushed 84 of them in the last five overs to set an imposing target.

Lucknow opener Quinton de Kock went down in the first over, but Rahul broke five sixes to keep his side in pursuit, while Deepak Hooda added 45 of 26.

But Hazlewood and Harshal Patel played superbly in death, with the Australian hitting two wickets on as many balls, including Rahul’s, to settle the tie.

Rahul finishes with 618 runs, second only to Rajasthan’s Jos Buttler at this stage in another good run by the India hitter with his new franchise.

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