LSG vs RCB, IPL 2022: RCB captain Faf du Plessis hailed Harshal Patel and Rajat Patidar for setting up Bangalore’s special win over LSG in IPL 2022 Eliminator on Wednesday.
Faf du Plessis elated after RCB reach Qualifier 2: Over the moon with the way Rajat played (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)
- Faf du Plessis hailed Rajat for his scintillating hundred in the crucial game
- Harshal Patel is the joker in the pack, delivers everytime: Faf
- RCB beat LSG by 14 runs to setup Qualifier 2 clash with RR
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis was elated after his side defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator to set up a Qualifier 2 clash with Rajasthan Royals.
The RCB captain hailed Rajat for his scintillating hundred in the crucial game, saying the young batter has got all the shots. Patidar smashed 12 fours and seven sixes in his knock of 112 off 54 balls to help Bangalore post a commanding total of 207.
In reply, KL Rahul’s 78 off 59 balls didn’t make much of an impact save his individual run-tally as LSG finished on 193 for 6 after 20 overs. If Patidar’s hundred set it up nicely for RCB, no words of praise will be enough for the brilliant Harshal Patel (4-0-25-1), whose 18th over full of wide yorkers and off-cutter variations decisively tilted the match in his team’s favour.
“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. I thought our bowlers were clear and calm,” Faf du Plessis said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Rajat has got all the shots and the way he attacks… Every time we are under a little bit of pressure, the way he comes and attacks. It is important to use the occasion and celebrate for the hard work we have done today. The most important thing was we were high on emotion and were very happy.
Faf reserved special praise for Harshal Patel, saying the young pacer was the joker in the pack and delivers in every pressure situation.
“I felt that we were very high and we come down to keep clarity and be calm for the game. (Conversations with Harshal) He is the joker in the pack, isn’t he? 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,” Faf added.