Rajat Patidar owned the big stage with a magnificent hundred as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat debutants Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the IPL Eliminator here on Wednesday. LSG Skipper KL Rahul Blames Sloppy Fielding For Loss Against RCB.
Now RCB will take on Rajasthan Royals
RCB will now take on Rajasthan Royals, losers of first qualifiers, in qualifier 2, while Lucknow’s journey ended following the defeat here. A dejected Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul blamed sloppy fielding for his team’s 14-run defeat while acknowledging Rajat Patidar’s brilliant hundred being the difference between the two teams. The 28-year-old Indore man Patidar scored a 54-ball 112 not out to singlehandedly win the IPL Eliminator for RCB. “I think it’s quite obvious – the reasons why we didn’t win.
What did happen in 15th over?
The incident took place in the 15th over of the RCB innings. The LSG skipper was fielding at mid-off and Karthik got a leading edge off Mohsin Khan’s bowling. The ball went into the air and Rahul did well to get his hands to the ball. However, he could not complete the catch because the ball wobbled out of his hands as he hit the ground.
LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir was initially clapping thinking that Rahul had taken a clean catch. However, Gambhir’s reaction changed immediately. He covered his face with both hands in disappointment. At that time Karthik was batting on two runs.
What did Kl Rahul say?
Patidar was dropped thrice on the day en route his hundred and Rahul was livid with his team’s fielding. “They fielded really well and we were poor,” he summed it up. He however was happy that as a new franchise they finished in top four in their first season. “We’ll take back a lot of positives.
We let ourselves down in the field. Dropping easy catches never helps. Difference was obviously Patidar playing such a knock. When someone in the top three scores a hundred, more often the team wins,”Kl Rahul said after the match.