Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star AB de Villiers has reacted to the 28-year-old batter from Madhya Pradesh Rajat Patidar manufacturing one of the most remarkable playoff innings in IPL history.
The 28-year-old batter played a match-winning knock of 112* off just 54 balls, smashing 7 sixes and as many as 12 boundaries against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Eliminator. His innings also impressed de Villiers who put out a tweet to praise the youngster.
Here’s the tweet,
On the back of this knock and Dinesh Karthik’s (37* off 23 balls) splendid batting in the slog overs took the Challengers to a mammoth total of 207/4 in 20 overs.
In response, the Super Giants lost opener Quinton de Kock in the first over, but skipper KL Rahul delivered a captain's knock, scoring 79 off 58 balls and putting together a 96-run stand with Deepak Hooda (45 off 26 balls). But once both of them were dismissed, RCB gained the upper hand.
Harshal Patel was the pick of the bowlers for his outstanding bowling at the back end. Josh Hazelwood bowled an excellent penultimate over, dismissing Rahul and on the next ball, Krunal Pandya.
In his 4 overs, Patel gave away just 25 runs while also taking a wicket. This performance was instrumental in restricting the chasing team to 193/6 in 20 overs allowing the Royal Challengers a 14-run victory.
‘Mr. 360’ put out a tweet after the match to show his support for the Bangalore franchise.
The Faf-led side will next take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2nd Qualifier on Friday (May 27) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.