Bangalore held their nerves in the death overs and defended a 207-run total against a powerful Lucknow batting unit on Thursday at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Faf du Plessis and Co. won the game by 14 runs and, thereby booked their place for the Qualifier 2 match.
Lucknow campaign’s, on the other hand, is over as they have been knocked out of the competition. Lucknow kept their hopes alive till the 18h over, in pursuit of a 207-run total in the second innings.
They didn’t make a great start as Lucknow had lost Quinton de Kock in the very first over of the innings. Manan Vohra (19 off 11) came in at number three and smacked two sixes and a four before getting out off Harshal Patel in the 5th over. KL Rahul then hit one four and two sixes in the 6th over to end the power play at 62 for 2.
Hasaranga then put the brakes on Lucknow as he delivered two sensational overs. At the end of 10 overs, Lucknow had managed to score 89 for the loss of 2 wickets. KL Rahul couldn’t score boundaries in the middle overs and completed his half-century off 43 balls.
Deepak Hooda, however, on the other end, tried to change the momentum with three sixes after the 13th over. However, Hasaranga had him bowled in the 15th over to turn the pressure back on Lucknow.
KL Rahul changed gears after Hooda got out as he smashed boundaries in short intervals. The game was evenly poised till the 17th over of the innings. Lucknow were 167 for 3 and needed 41 runs in the final 3 overs. Harshal Patel, once again, delivered in the death overs as he gave just 8 runs and also picked the wicket of Marcus Stoinis in the 18th over of the innings.
Hazlewood then produced a brilliant 19th over as he conceded 9 runs and picked two wickets,. including KL Rahul. Those two overs turned the game around for Bangalore as Lucknow fell 14 runs short in the end.
Earlier, Bangalore notched a huge score of 207 runs in the first innings. They didn’t make a great start to their innings as Faf du Plessis got out on the very first ball he faced. Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar added 66 runs for the second wicket but the former was struggling to get the timing right.
Kohli was trying too hard to fetch boundaries, and, eventually, got out after scoring 25 runs in 24 balls. In-form batter, Glenn Maxwell (9 off 10) and Mahipal Lomror (14 off 9) also failed to deliver but Rajat Paditar kept smashing boundaries all over the park.
Coming in at number three, Patidar remained at the crease right till the end and went on to play a sensational knock of 112 runs in 54 balls. After 13 overs, Bangalore were 115 for 4. Patidar joined hands with Dinesh Karthik and the duo put an exhibition of boundaries at the Eden Gardens Stadium.
Both played at fifth gear and took the team to beyond 200-run total. Rajat Patidar smashed his maiden century in just 49 balls. He remained unbeaten on 112 off 54 balls, while Dinesh Karthik scored 37 runs in 23 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six.
Here’s a look at some of the notable reactions from the game:
Eden mein Rcb ke fans dil garden garden.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 25, 2022
The RCB dug out is up. EVERY ONE OF THEM. The fans cannot stop chanting RCB RCB. This has been special, very special, Rajat Patidar. What a player!#LSGvRCB
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) May 25, 2022
Never write off Australians. They come to clutch just when you think it’s all over. Get in, Josh Hazlewood.#LSGvRCB
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) May 25, 2022
Exactly 10 years apart in IPL
25 May 2022 – Rajat Patidar becomes the first player to score a hundred in an eliminator.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) May 25, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 25, 2022
It can be difficult for an uncapped player to create his own identity amidst the superstars, but Rajat has made the no.3 spot his own. Another fine knock under pressure tonight, well played 👏🏽 #LSGvRCB #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/T5QiWoKWRX
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 25, 2022
Rajat Patidar scored 100 runs in 49 balls. KL Rahul is batting on 64* after facing the same number of balls. #LSGvRCB
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) May 25, 2022
— Abhishek Tripathi (@abhithecomic) May 25, 2022
— Sport360° (@Sport360) May 25, 2022
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) May 25, 2022
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) May 25, 2022