Sanju Samson finally won the toss in the all-important Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022 here on Friday as he put Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
RCB couldn’t start well as they lost Virat Kohli early. They did well to go past the powerplay without losing another wicket as Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar steadied the innings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Restricted To Under 160
But Faf in trying to push the run rate up perished for 24. But Patidar was playing nicely as he notched up yet another half-century for himself in the playoffs. He was looking good for a big score again but he was caught at the boundary by Jos Butter. Butler took his catch just inches inside the rope. Patidar’s wicket changed the whole momentum of the game as RCB kept losing wickets thereafter.
At one point RCB looked all set to score 170-180 but eventually, they didn’t even manage 160. Harshal Patel who has been good with the ball for the franchise too couldn’t add much to the tally.
Harshal is regarded as an all-rounder as he opens for his domestic side but in the slog overs on Friday he tried to be too cheeky against Obed McCoy as he wanted to play a scoop shot over fine leg but he missed the ball completely and the ball hit the stumps.
RCB had the platform to post a par total but Rajasthan Royals pulled things back, in the end, to restrict them to under 160.
RR would now hope that they can chase this score and secure a place in the finals to be played two days later at the same venue. If RR qualifies it will just be their 2nd appearance in the finals.