KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) lost by 14 runs against Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Wednesday, May 25 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Losing the toss and batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost the wicket of skipper Faf du Plessis in the first over itself. However, Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar smashed an incredible century and Dinesh Karthik played terrific innings to help RCB score 207/4.
Chasing the target, Quinton de Kock got out in the first over. Manan Vohra played a quick 19 runs knock before getting out while Deepak Hooda scored fantastic 45 runs before losing his wicket. In the end, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya and Evin Lewis failed to deliver good performances. Also, KL Rahul scored his 79 runs at a strike rate of 136.21 and LSG were able to score 193/6.
We let ourselves down in the field – KL Rahul
During the post-match presentation ceremony, LSG captain KL Rahul expressed disappointment at the fielding performance of LSG. He said:
“ I think it’s quite obvious – the reasons why we didn’t win. We let ourselves down in the field. Dropping easy catches never helps.”
Rahul added that the RCB batter Rajat Patidar’s marvellous century was a big difference in the match. He said:
“Difference was obviously Patidar playing such a knock. When someone in the top three scores a hundred, more often the team wins. They fielded really well and we were poor.”
KL Rahul further said that they have made a lot of mistakes in the Indian Premier League 2022 and they will learn from it. He asserted:
“We’ll take back a lot of positives. It’s a new franchise. We’ve made a lot of mistakes, every team does that. Have to try and come back stronger. It’s a young team. They’ll learn from their mistakes, go back home and try and be better players.”
Rahul signed off by showering praise on left-arm pacer Mohsin Khan for his sensational performance in the high scoring encounter. He said:
“Mohsin showed everybody how good he is and what skill he possesses. As he grows with confidence, he’ll be able to clock speeds which are much higher. He will learn and develop a few more skills hopefully by next season.”
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