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Eliminator preview: After RCB’s dramatic late entry, a knockout clash awaits against LSG
Asked to bat first, RCB finished with 207/4.
In reply, LSG finished with 193/6.
Rajat Patidar hit a memorable century as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League 2022 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
RCB will now take on Rajasthan Royals, losers of the first qualifiers, in Qualifier 2, while Lucknow’s journey ended following the defeat on Wednesday.
Asked to bat first, Patidar, the 28-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, produced an innings for the ages and remained unbeaten on 112 off 54, with 12 fours and seven sixes, to power RCB to 207/4.
In reply, skipper KL Rahul scored a 58-ball 79 to keep Lucknow in the hunt but Josh Hazlewood (3/43) picked two wickets in the penultimate over as LSG finished at 193/6. Harshal Patel, with figures of 1/25 from his four overs, was the other standout bowler for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 207/4 in 20 overs (Rajat Patidar 111 not out; Mohsin Khan 1/25).
Lucknow Super Giants: 193/6 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 79; Josh Hazlewood 3/43).
12.19 am: Brilliant from Harshal Patel at the end, he bowls consecutive dots against Evin Lewis to finish the match and return with excellent figures of 1/25 from his four overs. RCB are through to Qualifier 2! LSG are out of the tournament but they can be proud of what they achieved in their debut season. Well, tonight belongs to RCB and Rajat Patidar, who hit a century that will be remembered for a long, long time.
RCB WIN BY 14 RUNS!
After 19.3 overs, LSG are 192/6: Six! Harshal bowls it short and Chameera pulls it all the way. LSG need 16 off 3.
After 19 overs, LSG are 184/6: Chameera drives his first delivery straight back for four. LSG need 24 off 6 with Lewis on strike. After what we saw in last night’s game, safe to say both teams are still in this. Harshal has the ball, here we go!
After 18.5 overs, LSG are 180/6: BACK-TO-BACK WICKETS! Rahul and Krunal are gone! Massive moment in the contest! Hazlewood bowled three wides but he makes amends by providing RCB with a consecutive wickets. Rahul departs for 79 off 58 before Krunal hits it back to Hazlewood first ball. LSG need 28 off 7. This is RCB’s game to lose now.
After 18 overs, LSG are 175/4: Sensational comeback from Harshal in that over! He conceded six runs without bowling a delivery and then gave away only two runs off the six balls and even removed Stoinis. Wow! The new batter for LSG is Evin Lewis, they need 33 off 12.
After 17.3 overs, LSG are 173/4: WICKET! Harshal removes Stoinis! The right-arm pacer bowled a couple of wides to start the over with one of them even running away for four but he fights back to remove the dangerous Stoinis. The right-hander struck it well but the ball flew straight to Patidar at deep extra cover. He walks back for 9 off 9. LSG need 35 off 15.
After 17 overs, LSG are 167/3: Hasaranga finishes with forgettable figures of 1/42 as Rahul goes after him with a six and four. The LSG skipper has reached 77 off 54, his team now needs 41 off 18.
After 16 overs, LSG are 153/3: Stoinis hit his second ball for six to make Hasaranga’s over an expensive one, before Rahul hit Siraj for six to get to 65 off 50. But that was a good over from Siraj, just 10 runs came from it. LSG need 55 off 24.
After 14.4 overs, LSG are 137/3: WICKET! Hooda hits Hasaranga for two sixes but the leg-spinner hits back by cleaning up the right-hander. Hooda walks back after a valuable 45 off 26 for his team. LSG need 71 off 32.
After 14 overs, LSG are 125/2: Big over! Rahul hits Hazlewood for six and brings up a 43-ball half-century before Hooda slams a six too. LSG scored 16 runs in that over and now need 83 off 36.
After 13 overs, LSG are 109/2: Shahbaz concedes seven runs in that over to finish with 0/35. Hooda is swinging hard but not connecting, while Rahul just needs to show more urgency now. LSG need 99 off 42.
After 12 overs, LSG are 102/2: Just for runs from that Harshal over, excellent bowling from him. LSG have scored just 24 runs off the last 24 balls. They now need 106 off 48.
After 11 overs, LSG are 98/2: Rahul gets a boundary with a fine reverse-sweep as Shahbaz concedes nine runs in his third over. Rahul and Hooda have added 57 runs so far for the third wicket. LSG need 110 off 54.
After 10 overs, LSG are 89/2: Harshal, thankfully for RCB, recovers from his rib issue and comes on to bowl. Five runs come from his first over as Hasaranga makes a brilliant save at the boundary.
After 9 overs, LSG are 84/2: Hasaranga bowls a much-needed quiet over for RCB, just five runs from it. LSG need 124 off 66.
After 8 overs, LSG are 79/2: Shot! Shahbaz tosses it up and Hooda steps out to lift it over cover for six. That’s a tough shot but the right-hander made it look easy.
After 6 overs, LSG are 62/2: Rahul takes Siraj to the cleaners as LSG finish the powerplay strong. There was an appeal for a catch but the ball fell just short of Hasaranga, who put in a fine effort at point.
After 4.3 overs, LSG are 41/2: WICKET! Vohra’s entertaining cameo comes to an end. A four, six off Hazlewood and then out. Caught at mid-wicket.
After 4 overs, LSG are 31/1: Chance! Vohra is down the pitch and he is not even going to make an attempt to get back into the crease. But the quicker one proves too quick for DK as well, and it’s four byes. Vohra responds with a six. Unlucky for Shahbaz.
After 3 overs, LSG are 20/1: Top over from Siraj, just seven runs from it. The only boundary LSG got in the first three overs was the six by de Kock. Rahul and Vohra need to up the ante soon and make the most of the powrplay.
After 2 overs, LSG are 13/1: Hazlewood concedes just five runs in his first over. But a big concern for RCB as Harshal has gone off after a collision with Lomror at the boundary. He was holding his ribs and looking in pain. RCB need him to bowl tonight. Harshal recovered in time from a split webbing and now he has faced another setback.
The new batter is Manan Vohra.
After 1 over, LSG are 8/1: WICKET! Huge, huge blow for LSG as the in-form Quinton de Kock is out in the first over! The left-hander clipped Mohammed Siraj for six off the previous ball but this time he mistimes it and Faf du Plessis takes a comfortable catch at mid-on.
10.14 pm: We’re ready for the chase at the Eden Gardens! Kl Rahul and Quinton de Kock are at the crease for LSG, they need to fire for their team to have a chance. RCB have the runs on the board, can they back it up with a strong bowling performance? Here we go!
9.59 pm: Avesh concedes 13 runs in the last over to finish with figures of 1/44. Rajat Patidar remains unbeaten on a magnificent 112 off 54 with Dinesh Karthik not out on 37 off 23. The duo added 92 runs off 41 balls.
RCB finish with 207/4
After 19 overs, RCB are 194/4: Another massive over! What a finish this is turning into for RCB. Karthik and Patidar hit Chameera for a six and a four each as the right-arm pacer finishes with figures of 0/54 from his four overs.
After 17.4 overs, RCB are 173/4: CENTURY for Rajat Patidar! He gets there in just 49 balls. The right-hander has played some stunning shots tonight and he gets a ton in style with another six. The first T20 century for Patidar and it has been a memorable knock.
After 17 overs, RCB are 165/4: Now DK joins the act! The right-hander hits two glorious cover drives for four before getting a top edge over the keeper for another four. Expensive over from Avesh. RCB are looking set to go past 200.
After 16 overs, RCB are 150/4: 1, 6, 4, 6, 4, 6! Patidar, you beauty! Sensational ball-striking by the right-hander as he goes after Bishnoi. He was helped by a dropped catch from Hooda in that over but that can’t take away from the stunning shots he played. What a knock this is turning into! He has raced to 92 off 44.
After 15 overs, RCB are 123/4: Karthik survives, again! This time Rahul drops a regulation catch at mid-off. He had to run to his left and he did well but the ball popped out of his hands at the end. That should’ve been taken. But a good over by Mohsin as he returned to the attack to bowl his third.
After 14 overs, RCB are 117/4: Karthik survives! Bishnoi wraps him on the pad and the umpire says not out, LSG opt for DRS but it shows umpire’s call on wickets.
The new batter is Dinesh Karthik.
After 13.1 overs, RCB are 115/4: WICKET! Bishnoi strikes immediately after the timeout! Lomror plays a strong cover drive but it goes to Rahul who takes a sharp catch. The left-hander walks back for 14 off 9.
After 13 overs, RCB are 115/3: Patidar swings hard and the ball flies just past short-third for four. Krunal was not at all happy with the attempt by the fielder there.
After 12 overs, RCB are 106/3: Expensive over from Chameera as Patidar and Lomron pick a boundary each. LSG have got key wickets but they would want to pull back the scoring rate in the next few overs.
The new batter is Mahipal Lomror.
After 10.3 overs, RCB are 86/3: WICKET! Maxwell is gone! The right-hander attempts a pull to a ball that wasn’t short enough and finds the fielder in the deep. Krunal strikes as Maxell departs for 9 off 10.
Rajat Patidar brings up a 28-ball fifty! The right-hander is playing a crucial knock for RCB and has hit some cracking shots.
After 10 overs, RCB are 84/2: Bishnoi bowls it in the slot and Maxwell goes bang! The right-hander takes his front leg out of the way and smacks it straight for six. RCB needed that push.
After 8.3 overs, RCB are 70/2: WICKET! Kohli is gone! He gets a bottom edge and it flies to third man. Avesh gets the key wicket. Kohli didn’t really look fluent and he has to make the long walk back for 25 off 24. The new batter is Maxwell.
After 8 overs, RCB are 69/1: Bishnoi comes on to bowl and RCB pick up nine runs from the leg-spinner’s first over despite not hitting a boundary. Solid running between the wickets by the two right-handers.
After 7 overs, RCB are 60/1: Chameera returns to the attack and concedes just four runs off the first five balls but Patidar pulls the last one for four.
After 6 overs, RCB are 52/1: 1, 4, 4, 6, 4, 1! RCB end the powerplay in style as Patidar takes Krunal to the cleaners! Brilliant ball-striking by the right-hander. He goes over the ring fielders in front before playing a classy back-foot punch through the cover fielders for four.
After 5 overs, RCB are 32/1: Two fours for Patidar! Avesh joins the attack and goes short, Patidar goes aerial and picks boundaries either side of the pitch. The right-arm pacer does well to bowl four dots.
After 4 overs, RCB are 24/1: Krunal brought into the attack early and the left-arm spinner delivers a tight over, just four singles from it. There was a bit of grip for him in that over. RCB need to make the most of the last two powerplay overs.
After 3 overs, RCB are 20/1: Kohli plays an on-the-rise drive without much control but luckily for him it flies just past extra cover for four. But that was another impressive over from Mohsin, seven runs from it.
After 2 overs, RCB are 13/1: Shot! Chameera bowls his first ball full and straight, Kohli maintains great balance and plays a trademark flick through mid-wicket for four. Patidar then ends the over with a powerful punch off the back foot for four.
After 0.5 overs, RCB are 4/1: WICKET! What a start for LSG! What a start for Mohsin Khan! Faf du Plessis is gone for a first-ball duck! The left-arm pacer delivers a splendid first over and eventually gets the outside edge of the RCB skipper. The new batter is Rajat Patidar.
8.10 pm: We’re ready, at last, for play! Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis are at the crease. Can they give RCB a strong start? Mohsin Khan to bowl the first over. Here we go!
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock (w), KL Rahul (c), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi.
Update: RCB have brought Mohammed Siraj back into the playing XI.
Two changes for LSG: K Gotham and Jason Holder make way for Krunal Pandya and Dushmantha Chameera.
KL Rahul has won the toss and LSG will bowl first!
7.42 pm: Big update – The toss will be held at 7.55 pm IST and the match will start at 8.10 pm, if there’s no further interruption.
7.33 pm: The latest news coming in is that the covers are coming off! It hasn’t been raining hard anyway, hopefully the match can start soon.
Not looking good at the Eden Gardens...
7.01 pm: Well, bad news from the ground as there’s a drizzle, the covers are on, the wind is picking up, and the toss has been delayed.
LSG vs RCB in IPL 2022 league stage: Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore faced just once during the league stage this season, with the latter winning by 18 runs. Asked to bat first, RCB posted a total of 181/6 with skipper Faf du Plessis slamming a 64-ball 96. Virat Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Dushmantha Chameera in this match. In reply, KL Rahul (30 off 24) and Krunal Pandya (42 off 28) got runs but LSG could only manage 163/8 in their 20 overs. With the ball for RCB, Josh Hazlewood stood out with figures of 4/25 from his four overs.
IPL 2022 points table after league stage
6.50 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of Indian Premier League 2022 Eliminator between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.