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‘A future star of RCB in the coming years’ – Twitter awed by 2nd consecutive playoff fifty for Rajat Patidar

Rajat Patidar was outstanding for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the second IPL Qualifier against Rajasthan Royals. He hit his second consecutive half-century, scoring 58 off 42 balls at a strike-rate of 138. Four fours and three sixes featured in his pivotal knock. Patidar’s innings was instrumental in helping RCB post a total of 157 after being sent to bat first.

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Rajat Patidar hits second consecutive fifty in playoffs, RCB score 157

Patidar arrived early at the crease, after Virat Kohli fell for 7 in the second over of the powerplay. He pieced together a 70-run partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis.

A bit of luck aided Patidar; he was dropped on 13(12) by Riyan Parag on the last over of the powerplay. After crunching two fours off Prasidh Krishna, Patidar sliced but could not clear the man at backward point. Fortunately for him Parag spilled the catch at eye-level.

du Plessis’ wicket in the eleventh over sparked a mini-collapse. Glenn Maxwell (24) and Mahipal Lomror (8) both came and went. Patidar brought up his fifty off 42 balls with a six off Yuzvendra Chahal, right before the start of the slog overs.

Patidar was not originally chosen for the squad, but was drafted in as a replacement player for Luvnith Susodia at the start of the season. He’s played eight games for RCB so far after they dropped Anuj Rawat halfway through the league. Patidar has scored 333 from seven innings and average 55, while batting at a tremendous strike-rate of 152. He has two fifties and one hundred, which was the driving force behind RCB knocking out Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator.

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