Rajat Patidar batted with brilliance within the IPL 2022 Eliminator.© BCCI/IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore wanted an innings of character, spunk and journey to create an impression within the Eliminator in opposition to Lucknow Tremendous Giants on the hallowed turf of the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and it got here from the blade of Rajat Patidar. The RCB quantity 3 produced a flurry of outrageously attacking strokes to make up for the failure of the large 3, Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell.
Patidar got here in to bat together with his group in a little bit of a gap after dropping its captain within the very first over. Virat Kohli on the different continued to be an unrecognisable shadow of his attacking self of the previous, many have maybe began recognising this new model of Kohli although; after what has been a jaded season for the star.
Patidar determined to interrupt the shackles within the fifth over as he launched into Krunal Pandya, hitting the left-arm spinner for 3 fours and a six to carry up his group’s 50.
At the same time as batters like Kohli and Maxwell struggled on the different finish, Patidar managed to get one boundary away nearly each over to assist his group maintain tempo.
His subsequent ‘get away of jail’ over was the sixteenth one in every of RCB’s innings as he hit three sixes and two fours. The wily Ravi Bishnoi would have had his wicket, however Deepak Hooda dropped a comparatively straightforward catch on the boundary on the third supply of the over, which allowed Patidar to proceed his rampage.
He was dropped once more within the 18th over, a troublesome catch within the third man area and Patidar made essentially the most of it by slamming the subsequent supply for an enormous six to succeed in his century in simply 49 balls.
This Patidar’s first century in T20 cricket.
He continued the onslaught within the.netpany of Dinesh Karthik to take RCB to an enormous complete, 207/4, one thing the group had not managed of their losses on the identical stage of the IPL within the final two seasons.
Patidar completed with an unbeaten 112 off simply 54 deliveries.
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