Kolkata, May 26: Breaking the jinx of RCB in eliminators in IPL, Rajat Patidar starred for Royal Challengers Bangalore and defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator clash of IPL 2022 here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.
In IPL 2020 and 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the playoffs. However, they lost in the Eliminator match on both occasions. This time, they finally ended their Eliminator jinx.
Batting first, an unbeaten century by Rajat Patidar (112*) and his 92-run stand with wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a massive 207/4 in their 20 overs against IPL debutants Lucknow Super Giants. It was a memorable day for the RCB batting lineup as they smashed the opposition hard. LSG had no answer for the show put up by the batters.
Patidar got the fastest century by an uncapped player in the history of the tournament. He hit his ton in 49 balls and finished the innings with a score of 112 off 54 balls.
There should be special mention for Harshal Patel. When the match was in its crucial stage LSG needed 24 from 6, Harshal Patel held his nerves to see through RCB across the finishing line.
With this win, RCB will play against Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahemdabad on Friday for a place in the final against Gujarat Titans.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 207/4 (Rajat Patidar 112*, Dinesh Karthik 37*, Mohsin Khan 1/25) against Lucknow Super Giants 193/6 (KL Rahul 79, Deepak Hooda 45; Josh Hazlewood 3-43).