IPL 2022: After two unsuccessful attempts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have broken the eliminator hoodoo and progressed one step closer to the coveted trophy. RCB trump Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to set up a clash with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second eliminator on Friday, May 27. While Rajat Patidar’s swashbuckling ton powered RCB to 207/5, Harshal Patel was the stand-out performer with the white cherry. Find all IPL teams and IPL Match Predictions for the 2022 season here on our site.

After the match, RCB skipper, Faf Du Plessis explained what makes Harshal a key player in the Bangalore-based side. Harshal’s superb bowling at the death ensured a convincing 14 runs win for RCB to keep their dream alive. In fact, Harshal conceded only 17 runs at the death and took the important wicket of Marcus Stoinis. Eventually, he finished with match figures of 1/25 which is outstanding when compared to the other bowlers.

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IPL 2022: “He is a high-pressure situation bowler,” reckons Du Plessis

IPL 2022: “Harshal Is Joker in Pack of Cards,” Du Plessis After His Stellar Show at Death in Eliminator vs LSG
IPL 2022: “Harshal Is Joker in Pack of Cards,” Du Plessis After His Stellar Show at Death in Eliminator vs LSG

Faf lavished praise on Patel’s ability to deliver under pressure, saying that the Gujarat bowler is his go-to bowler who he turns to whenever he feels the pressure.

“He’s a joker in the pack, isn’t he? A special card you pull out,”

Du Plessis told Star Sports

“He is a high-pressure time bowler and every single time I am under pressure I can go to him. He told me that I want the pressure over, which was one of my first conversations with him,”

the ex-Proteas skipper added

LSG required 41 of the final 3 overs and seemed to be cruising with well-set KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis in the middle. That’s when Du Plessis handed the ball to Harshal and he changed the complexion of the game in a matter of five balls. Despite giving a wide and bowling another wide delivery that went for four, the medium-pacer held his nerve and dismissed the Australian after deceiving him twice. Harshal ended up conceding only eight runs from that over. Bet online by checking more top IPL betting sites for the 2022 season here on our site.

LSG captain was dismissed in the very next over by Josh Hazlewood, who was under pressure to match the asking rate. Patel gave away just nine runs in the final over, but LSG’s victory was a foregone conclusion by then.

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“I’m over the moon,” Du Plessis in awe of Rajat Patidar

IPL 2022: “Harshal Is Joker in Pack of Cards,” Du Plessis After His Stellar Show at Death in Eliminator vs LSG
IPL 2022: “Harshal Is Joker in Pack of Cards,” Du Plessis After His Stellar Show at Death in Eliminator vs LSG

While Harshal restricted LSG in the slog overs, the match was set up by Rajat Patidar with the bat. The 28-year-old scored 112 runs off 54 balls smashing seven sixes in his whirlwind knock. His knock came after RCB’s big guns, Faf Du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell contributed only 34 runs. Du Plessis couldn’t stop gushing about Patidar and said that he is over the moon with the way Patidar played.

“Today was a special day. I am over the moon with the way Rajat played. In a match like today, it’s a bit more pressure. The way he played and celebrated his hundred, tells me that he’s got a good head on his shoulder,

he said

Patidar has put forward a strong statement after he was ignored during the mega auctions. He joined RCB as a replacement of the injured Luvnith Sisodia. Patidar has accumulated 275 runs across 6 innings at an average of 56.5 and a strike rate of 156.25.

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