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‘Rajat Patidar statue needed in Chinnaswamy’ – Twitter blown away by RCB batter’s stunning maiden century

Rajat Patidar scored his maiden IPL hundred for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against Lucknow Super Giants. This is the first eliminator of the IPL playoffs, held at Eden Garden on Thursday. He smashed twelve fours and seven sixes en route to his sublime 112(54), made at a strike-rate of 207. Patidar’s innings helped his side set a total of 207 after winning the toss. Patidar is the fourth player to score a hundred IPL 2022, his ton the seventh of the tournament.

Patidar didn’t open but batted in the first over anyway, after Faf du Plessis was sent back by Mohsin Khan for a first ball duck. After taking a few balls to find his feet, he punched two fours off Avesh Khan in the fourth over to get RCB’s scoreboard moving. Then he slammed 19 runs off Krunal Pandya in the last over of the powerplay, which RCB ended with a competitive 55. Patidar scored 33(18) in the powerplay, Virat Kohli managed 17(18).

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Rajat Patidar brings up 100 off 49 balls, RCB set a total of 207

Patidar continued attacking, brought up his 50 in the tenth over off 28 balls. Kohli and he put on a 66-run partnership off 46 balls. Maxell (9) and Mahipal Lomror (14) fell before Patidar was joined by Dinesh Karthik.

In the sixteenth over, Patidar plundered 27 runs off Ravi Bishnoi. He slammed three sixes and two fours, and in the space of one over RCB’s run-rate leapt from 8.2 to 9.3. Patidar got to his hundred off 49 balls with a powerful pull over midwicket that went for six.

Ironically, Patidar was not even originally picked to the RCB squad this year. He was acquired to replace Luvnith Sisodia, who dropped out in the first half of the tournament with inkury. In Patiday’s six innings this season he has been magnificent, with 275 runs at an average of 55, and S.R. of 156.

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