In the Eliminator of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 14 runs. RCB will now meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2.

Chasing a massive target of 208, Lucknow lost two wickets at 41 in 4.3 overs before captain KL Rahul and batter Deepak Hooda partnered to steady the ship. The duo went on to add a crucial stand of 96 runs for the third wicket.

As Lucknow looked set to cruise through, the Challengers came back in the game with two quick wickets in the form of Hooda (45) and Marcus Stoinis (9).

Captain Rahul tried his best to take the game deep, but in order to speed up the run rate, the right-handed batter lost his prized scalp in the penultimate over, bowled by Josh Hazlewood. Eventually, the Super Giants could only manage to reach 193/6, losing the contest by 14 runs.

Earlier, Rajat Patidar lit up the Eden Gardens with a sensational batting display. The right-handed batter took LSG bowlers to the cleaners and smashed his maiden century in the cash-rich league.

Patidar, who came to bat when RCB’s score read 4/1 in 0.5 overs, stayed in the middle till the very end, playing an unbeaten knock of 112 runs from just 54 deliveries.

The Indore-born batter smacked 12 fours and seven humungous sixes during his super entertaining inning. Riding on Patidar’s fireworks, the Challengers posted 207/4 on the board in their allotted 20 overs.

100s by uncapped players in IPL:

120* – Paul Valthaty PBKS vs CSK 2011
114* – Manish Pandey RCB vs Deccan 2009
101* – Devdutt Padikkal RCB vs RR 2021
112* – Rajat Patidar RCB vs LSG 2022

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Rajat Patidar..
What an innings.. Party Daar #RCBvLSG

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 25, 2022

Can I tweet twice about this Rajat Patidar’s inning ? BRILLAINT!

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 25, 2022

Serious hitting by Rajat Patidar and nicely supported by @DineshKarthik.

It’s a great total but given how the surface is playing and the fast outfield, I feel it’ll be a close game.
Well played by @rcbtweets in the first half! #Eliminator

— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 25, 2022

Came in as a replacement for Karnataka Batsman Luvnith Sisodia and is today giving RCB more than a chance to win this eliminator with his century. Take a bow Rajat Patidar you made all of us proud today. #RCBvsLSG #IPL2022

— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 25, 2022

Rajat Patidar .. talk about producing when it really counts .. Incredible innings .. #RCB #IPL2022

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 25, 2022

Rajat Patidar (in 49 balls) now has the fastest hundred by an uncapped player in IPL.

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) May 25, 2022

Following RCB not for the faint hearted #LSGvRCB #IPL2022

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 25, 2022

Eliminator. Royal Challengers Bangalore Won by 14 Run(s) (Qualified) #Eliminator #TATAIPL #IPL2022

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 25, 2022


Drop a ❤️ for this brilliant spell, 12th Man Army! 🙌🏻@HarshalPatel23 #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2022  #Mission2022 #RCB  #ನಮ್ಮRCB #LSGvRCB #PlayOffs

— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 25, 2022

💔#AbApniBaariHai💪 #IPL2022 🏆 #bhaukaalmachadenge #lsg #LucknowSuperGiants #T20 #TataIPL #Lucknow #UttarPradesh #LSG2022

— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) May 25, 2022

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