RCB vs LSG highlights: Royal Challengers Bangalore sealed their place in the playoffs after beating Lucknow by 14 runs on Thursday at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Batting first, Bangalore notched a mammoth score of 207 runs on the board. The likes of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell all failed to deliver with the bat.
However, Rajat Patidar stood out in a do-or-die clash as he smashed his maiden century in just 49 balls. He went on to play a match-winning knock of 112 runs in just 54 balls, a knock that had 12 fours and 7 sixes. Dinesh Karthik gave him valuable support as he produced yet another outstanding knock of 37 runs in 23 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six.
For Lucknow Super Giants, Mohsin Khan, once again, bowled well and returned with figures of 1 for 25 in 4 overs. However, the other bowlers went for plenty of runs. Chasing a mammoth score, Lucknow lost Quinton de Kock in the first over itself. Manan Vohra too got out after scoring 19 runs in 11 balls. But Lucknow managed to score 62 runs at the end of the power play.
Lucknow’s scoring rate saw a dip with the arrival of Hasaranga and Harshal Patel. The duo was finding it hard to find boundaries at regular intervals. Deepak Hooda got out in the 15th over after scoring 45 runs in 26 balls, but KL Rahul’s presence kept the hopes alive for Bangalore.
Lucknow Super Giants were 167 for 3 and needed 41 runs in the final 3 overs. Harshal Patel, once again, delivered in the death overs as he gave just 8 runs and also picked the wicket of Marcus Stoinis in the 18th over of the innings.
Hazlewood then produced a brilliant 19th over as he conceded 9 runs and picked two wickets, including KL Rahul. Those two overs turned the game around for Bangalore as Lucknow fell 14 runs short in the end.