Rajat Patidar stunned Lucknow Super Giants with a remarkable hundred in the Eliminator of IPL 2022.

Rajat Patidar bludgeoned his maiden T20 century as Royal Challengers Bangalore eliminated Lucknow Super Giants from the Indian Premier League with a 14-run win on Wednesday.

Patidar, who only joined Bangalore as a replacement midway into the IPL after missing out in the original draft, smashed 12 fours and seven sixes in a superb knock of 112 off 54 balls, which lifted Bangalore to 207-4.

Josh Hazlewood (3-43) picked up the key wicket of Lucknow skipper Lokesh Rahul (79) in the penultimate, which halted Lucknow’s chase at 193-6.

“Today was a special day, and I am over the moon with the way Rajat played,” Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis said. “The way he played and celebrated his hundred tells me that he’s got a good head on his shoulder.”

Bangalore will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 on Friday, with the winner meeting Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday.

Meanwhile, former India and CSK player Suresh Raina credited Virat Kohli for helping Rajat during his knock.

“In the timeout, Virat Kohli came & spoke to Rajat Patidar. Credit goes to him as well for the Rajat Patidar’s batting and hundred. Even when Virat was batting with him, he allowed Rajat to go for his shots while taking the back seat himself.”

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