Led by a sensational century by Rajat Patidar, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat LSG by 14 runs to book their place vs Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2. LSG won the toss and put RCB to bat first. Patidar came out to bat early in the innings after Faf went back for a duck.
He, along with Virat, stabilised the ship. Rajat was batting aggressively from the get-go. He smashed 20 runs in the final over of the Powerplay to power RCB to 52 after 6 overs.
Kohli departed after a scratchy 25, Patidar continued the good work and hit a fifty. Maxwell, however, departed soon after.
But all hell broke loose when he smashed Ravi Bishnoi for 27 runs in the 16th over. He reached his century in just 49 balls and broke a plethora of records on the way. Dinesh Karthik did what he has been doing throughout the season. He smashed a quickfire 37 off 23 deliveries.
RCB eventually finished with a massive total of 207 on board. It was always going to be a difficult task to chase RCB’s total. Siraj striking early in the innings to dismiss QDK didn’t help their case either.
Rahul and Hooda held the fort for sometime before Hasaranga returned to dismiss the latter for a well made 45 off just 26 deliveries.
Rahul held one end till the last but couldn’t take LSG over the line as Hazlewood sent him packing in the penultimate over of the match.
RCB eventually won the match by 14 runs and will now face Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 on Friday.