What a magnificent turn-around Royal Challengers Bangalore have made! They were at the bottom of the point table at the start of the season. But now they are just one game away from the final. Last night, the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs. As a result, they will face Rajasthan Royals in the second semifinal.
On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants participated this season for the first time. But they had been playing very well since the first match. Unfortunately, their brilliant journey ended last night at Eden Gardens.
Royal Challengers Bangalore face Lucknow Super Giants in the second playoff as they were the 3rd and 4th team at the point table. In this match, Lucknow’s captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl first.
So, Virat Kohli started the innings for the RCB with the skipper, Faf du Plessis. But, they haven’t had a fruitful start. Captain Du Plessis lost his wicket in the very first over without scoring any runs for the team. Then, Virat Kohli made a decent partnership with his native, Rajat Patidar. They added 66 together on the scoreboard.
But their partnership broke since Virat Kohli departed the pitch in the 9th over. Rajat Patidar, however, did not seem to be bothered by losing wickets. He was so confident and batted very aggressively. After getting the half-century, Patidar never stopped. He remained not out in this match. Rajat Patidar scored a very crucial 112 runs only from 54 balls. He hit massive 7 sixes and 12 boundaries. Relying on his bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a massive 204 runs in 20 overs.
Chasing down the huge target, Lucknow Super Giants also lost their first wicket in the very first over. Quinton de Kock had to go back to the pavilion, scoring only six runs. But captain Rahul tried to handle the situation. He made a partnership of 33 runs with the newcomer, Mahan Vohra. But Mahan Vohra couldn’t stay longer on the pitch.
After that, Rahul focused on building another collaboration with Deepak Hooda. They added 96 runs together for Lucknow Super Giants. But they were left out of the track when their partnership broke. Before losing the wicket, Rahul scored the highest 79 for the team, which wasn’t enough to chase the target. After all, their innings ended in 196 runs. As a result, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 13 runs, and they will face Rajasthan Royals to secure a place in the final.