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TATA-IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs to enter Qualifier-2

In IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the playoffs eliminator at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, last night. Bangalore will now take on Rajasthan Royals for a place in the final.

Put into bat first, Bangalore posted a huge total of 207 runs for the loss of four wickets in stipulated 20 overs riding on Rajat Patidar’s unbeaten 112 off 54 and Dinesh Karthik’s not out 37 off 23 balls. Patidar Smashed his maiden century in 49 balls, registering the fastest ton of the ongoing IPL season.

Chasing the target, Lucknow could only score 193 for six in 20 overs with the help of skipper KL Rahul’s 79 off 58 and Deepak Hooda’s 45 off 26. For Bangalore, Josh Hazlewood scalped three wickets.

Earlier, Lucknow won the toss and elected to field in a match that was delayed due to rain.

Two more games reckon the RCB fans. Their barren patch since 2008 might see some fruition but a couple of giant steps await them. Their new skipper has brought in some beginner’s luck for sure. Another new face in the form of Rajat Patidar just made Eden take notice of his raw talent.

He came good when the chips were down a little and that would hold RCB in good stead. Rahul’s LSG weren’t given much of a chance at the start of the tournament but have done well to hold their own for most parts of the tourney. A few mistakes today and an unsettled batting order didn’t help their cause. But such is the nature of this beast called IPL. It roars again soon and we will dish out every detail to you. This is Kumar Abhisekh Das whisking off in the company of Sagar Chawla, Nikhil Jadhav and Siva. Paint the town red and black RCB fans…

Rajat Patidar: When I time the ball, my focus was on it. The last over of the powerplay when Krunal was bowling to me, my execution went fine then and I got confident afterwards. The wicket was pretty good and I played some good shots. I never feel any pressure as I think I have the ability to make up for the dots. I was busy after the 2021 IPL playing for my club. I wasn’t picked after the 2021 IPL but that wasn’t in my control.

Faf du Plessis: Today was a special day. The guys put in a special performance. Over the moon. For a young guy to play like he did. The way he celebrated also tells you he has a good head on his shoulders. His hundred was one of the best I have seen in the IPL. Our bowlers were clear and calm and that was good.

He has got all the shots. Every single time he attacks, he transfers the pressure back on the opposition. It is important to celebrate this despite something big is coming up. 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. Every one was calm and relaxed. Harshal is the joker in the pack. A special card I can pick. He bowls the important overs. Second last one over from him changed the game for us.

Harshal Patel: My hand’s fine, but there’s a bit of an issue. I am happy as long as I can bowl my 24 balls. There were a lot of thoughts in my mind, I thought about it a lot – how I will work on my bowling. I was looking at my stats the other day, and figured out my hard length balls are going at 7.5 at an over. I had a plan to bowl wide to Stoinis, but it didn’t come off well. So I went back to whatever worked for me in the first two overs. It feels exceptional, I can’t describe the feeling. We want to come out as a good team and come out well on top from here on.

Rahul, LSG captain: I think it’s quite obvious – the reasons why we didn’t win. We let ourselves down in the field. Dropping easy catches never helps. Difference was obviously Patidar playing such a knock. When someone in the top three scores a hundred, more often the team wins. They fielded really well and we were poor. We’ll take back a lot of positives.

It’s a new franchise. We’ve made a lot of mistakes, every team does that. Have to try and come back stronger. It’s a young team. They’ll learn from their mistakes, go back home and try and be better players. Mohsin showed everybody how good he is and what skill he possesses. As he grows with confidence, he’ll be able to clock speeds which are much higher. He will learn and develop a few more skills hopefully by next season.

With this Bangalore booked a place in the Qualifier 2, where they will face Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad tomorrow.


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