Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sealed a spot in Qualifier 2 of this yr’s IPL by defeating Lucknow Tremendous Giants by 14 runs on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rajat Patidar was the star of the evening as he smashed a scintillating knock of unbeaten 112 runs from 54 balls solely.
His efforts made certain that RCB reached a large whole of 207 runs whereas Harshal Patel had a superb night additionally for stopping KL Rahul’s males from chasing that whole down. He picked up the essential wicket of Marcus Stoinis by conceding solely 25 runs in his full four-over quota at an economic system of 6.25.
I used to be nervous, there is no such thing as a doubt about that: Harshal Patel
Harshal discovered himself in a troublesome scenario as he was given the duty to forestall LSG to attain 41 runs off 18 balls. In the course of the 18th over, the pacer gave away a number of runs as wides however ultimately, he managed to scalp the wicket of Marcus Stoinis. Within the post-match press convention, Harshal stated –
“Initially, sure, I used to be nervous, there is no such thing as a doubt about that. In case you are defending 34 (41) off 18 balls, then you definitely’re going to be nervous round it, however I knew once I gave away six runs with out bowling a ball, gave away these wides, I knew that the huge yorker gained’t work. So I assumed what labored for me within the first two overs, I wish to return to that and provides myself one of the best alternative to get KL (Rahul) and Stoinis out. Thankfully, I acquired Stoinis out on the boundary.”
“Whether or not I might be capable of ship or not, I don’t actually know, I can’t say. However I wish to be in these conditions, there is no such thing as a doubt about that and I’ve been wanting to try this for the previous 2-3 years, I’ve been doing that for Haryana, and I needed to do it on the larger stage and I’ll proceed to place myself in these conditions, typically it will come off, typically it’s not going to come back off. There will probably be video games the place I’ll find yourself shedding for the staff and I’m okay with that so long as I don’t draw back from challenges,” he additional added.
Final yr, Harshal was the Purple Cap winner whereas this yr, he has bagged 19 wickets in 14 matches by bowling in these essential overs. He additionally heaped excessive praises on Rajat Patidar as he appeared “very decided” from day one within the camp.