Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with 207 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, managed to defeat the Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) who made 193 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
Rajat Patidar came in the middle of the season to cover for an injured Luvnith Sisodia and managed to make 112 runs off 54 balls. This is definitely ‘destiny’. In short, the RCB team is now in 2nd Qualifier match. The 84 made in the last 5 over’s seem t0 demoralize the LSG team.
Mohsin started with a ‘super’ over. He managed to get Faf du Plessis out for a ‘golden’ duck, The RCB team was trying to set up a base to go big, but were 24 for the loss of 1 in the last 2 over’s of the powerplay.
In the last 2 over’s of the powerplay, Patidar set to take all the risks. Avnesh Khan tried hard lengths at him but he managed to hit 4’s.
Ravi Bishnoi succeeded in slowing things down. The RCB team was not very happy with their score, 70 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
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Patidar managed to find his 2nd kick at the opposite end, but Bishnoi returned and got Mahipal Lomror. Karthik came when there were 2 over’s of spin yet remaining. In the sixteenth over, Bishnoi’s ball bounced on the lower side and Patiddar was deprived of the elevation he was looking for. At mid wicket, Hooda dropped an easy chance and let this go for a 4.
In the 16th over, Patidar hit boundaries that led this over to go for 27 runs. He managed his century in the 18th over and in the 19th he tore Chameera apart.
Deepak Hooda had to do all the heavy lifting in the middle over’s. The RCB team got Glenn Maxwell back. After the quick start with 4 sixes, Hooda seemed to have lost his sense of timing. Rahul was calm throughout but took a risk when the requirement was 99 runs of the last 7.
The charge by LSG
The LSG team started attacking from both the ends from the 14th over. Hooda hit Hasaranga into the stands two times while Rahul hit 2 sixes to Hazelwood. The LSG team managed to stay abreast for another 2 over’s with an asking rate of 41 runs off the last 3 overs.
Harshal seals the game
Harshal started off with 2 wides that went for 6’s. This brought down the asking rate to 2 runs per ball. He went back to bowling slow and short into the pitch. This got Stoinis frustrated and he was caught. The LSG team needed 33 runs from the last 2 overs. Rahul had a last chance, but he managed to ramp Hazelwood to the ‘short fine’ leg. This sealed the game.
The LSG team will regret all the catches they dropped as they were quite close to a win.