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‘Game, Set, Match’ – Twitter in joy as Bangalore beat Lucknow to book a spot in Qualifier 2

By BetBarter Staff

May 25, 2022

Bangalore defeated Lucknow by 14 runs to win the Eliminator of the Indian T20 League 2022. Rajat Patidar and Dinesh Karthik brilliantly set up the game for Bangalore. The bowlers followed it up with decent performances. The team survived a KL Rahul’s threat to secure the win. Bangalore will now play in the second qualifier and thus, have eliminated Lucknow from the tournament.

In the all-important match, Lucknow won the toss and decided to bat first at the Eden Gardens. Bangalore lost their skipper early on, but had a good start despite that. Rajat Patidar joined Virat Kohli at the crease and started hitting from the word go. Patidar was scoring quick runs, while Kohli struggled a bit. The duo added 52 runs within the powerplay. However, a few wickets in the middle overs put the team in trouble.

Kohli (25), Glenn Maxwell (nine), and Mahipal Lomror (14) all departed for a team score of 115 in 13.1 overs. Meanwhile, Patidar scored his half-century and continued playing a brilliant game. He went into attacking mode after being joined by Dinesh Karthik. The two kept the boundaries flowing, and Patidar reached his century with a six in the 18th over. Bangalore reached 207 with some more boundaries in the last two overs of the first innings.

The two scored 92 runs in the partnership. Karthik scored an unbeaten  37 runs from 23 balls, while Patidar scored 112 runs in 54 balls. Lucknow did not have the finest start to a massive chase as they lost two early wickets. KL Rahul, on the other hand, was looking excellent as he led the team to 62 runs in the first six overs. However, Deepak Hooda and Rahul struggled to hit the big shots after the powerplay. They slowed down, but Rahul reached his half-century in the 14th over with a six.

The equation came down to 83 runs in the last six overs. Hooda (45) then tried to accelerate, but lost his wicket to Wanindu Hasaranga after hitting two sixes in the next over. The next three overs yielded 32 runs and an important wicket of Marcus Stoinis (nine). Lucknow needed 33 runs in the final two overs. The skipper (79) tried his best but lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood in the 19th over. The pacer held his nerve to follow it up with another wicket of Krunal Pandya (0). He conceded just nine runs in the over. In the end, Harshal Patel did well as he too gave just nine runs in the final over to square off the match.

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