The new entrants, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the eliminator of the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In the first innings, Rajat Patidar, while scoring a superb century in a do-or-die situation, even broke LSG’s refrigerator with a classy six.
Earlier, LSG skipper, KL Rahul decided to bowl first. While RCB made one change as Mohammed Siraj replaced Siddharth Kaul, LSG made a couple of changes as K Gowtham and Jason Holder made way for Krunal Pandya and Dushmantha Chameera, Rajat Patidar was in sublime touch as he remained unbeaten on 112 off 54 balls to help RCB pile up 207/4.
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Patidar was ably supported by Dinesh Karthik, who remained unbeaten on 37 off 23 balls. During the 16th over, Rajat Patidar hit Ravi Bishnoi with three superb sixes. One of them, which was the last, was pitched on the slot area. Patidar picked that one nicely and lofted it over long-on for a maximum. The ball, after it went over the boundary line, went straight to LSG’s refrigerator and in the process, it broke the glasses.
Rajat Patidar laced his innings with 12 fours and seven sixes in his stupendous knock, while Karthik had hit five fours and one six. Virat Kohli also looked in good touch initially but departed after scoring 25 off 24 balls.
Here is the video of the six from Rajat Patidar:
Lucknow Super Giants (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
Here’s how the Internet reacted after Patidar’s knock:
Bhai rajat patidar kya player hai abhitak ka sabse best uncapped player laga mujhe.. kya sixes pelta hai bey
— Banna. (@iJaideep_) May 25, 2022
A 1⃣0⃣0⃣ off just 4⃣9⃣ balls for Rajat Patidar 🔥🔥🔥
— Shivangi Singh (@Shivang72708448) May 25, 2022
Rajat Patidar has 80 runs in fours and sixes as he reaches his century. Near-perfect T20 innings.
— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) May 25, 2022
Thanks to dhoni who gave some memorable tips to patidar for hitting sixes pic.twitter.com/sBdG4Asstj
— Hitman zindabad (@KrrishK43904676) May 25, 2022
Rajat Patidar will smash most sixes from #RCB against Lucknow.
— Gaurav Gawade (@AshTonisher88) May 25, 2022
Last Ball Six Loding
— #TheWarriorOnJuly14th (@RampothineniDHR) May 25, 2022
Very happyy with the way Patidar dealt with Bishnoi
— Dracarys (@OneHandedSix) May 25, 2022
Oh my word.. That's a six!!! What a way to get to a maiden T20 century. Rajat Patidar!! You beauty.. The last time an uncapped Indian scored a century for @RCBTweets was way back in 2009. What an absolute cracker of an innings!! @IPL
— Venkata Narayanan (@vnkt_yuvian05) May 25, 2022