IPL 2022, LSG vs RCB, Eliminator: Rajat Patidar becomes the first uncapped player to crush the century in the playoffs | Cricket News

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KOLKATA: Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Rajat Patidar on Wednesday became the first uncapped player in Indian Premier League (IPL) history to crush a century in the playoffs.
The batter achieved the feat in his side’s Eliminator clash against Lucknow Super Giants here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It was a memorable day on the court for Patidar as he hit an unbeaten 112 from just 54 to guide his side to a massive 207/4 total at the end of their 20 overs.
He also became the first player for his side to reach a playoff century, topping Chris Gayle’s 89-point shot in Game 2 against the Mumbai Indians in the 2011 league edition.
Previously, the highest scoring by an uncapped player in playoffs/knockout matches was Manish Pandey in the 2014 edition of the IPL. Then playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Punjab Kings in the final, he had scored 94 points for his team.
Overall, he is the fourth uncapped player to reach a century in the league. The first was Manish Pandey who scored an unbeaten 114 against the now defunct Deccan Chargers in 2009. Other uncapped players with an IPL century are Paul Valthaty (120* for Punjab Kings against Chennai Super Kings in 2011) and Devdutt Padikkal (101* for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in 2021).
So far, five centuries have been scored in IPL playoffs/knockout matches in the history of the league. This includes Shane Watson (117* for Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 Final), Wriddhiman Saha (115* for Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 Final), Virender Sehwag (122 for Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in 2014) and Murali Vijay (113 for Chennai Super Kings against Delhi Capitals in Playoff 2 in 2012).
Coming to the game, an unbeaten century of Rajat Patidar (112*) and his 92 run stand with wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to a whopping 207/4 in their 20 overs in the match. Eliminator clash against Lucknow Super Giants here at Gardens of Eden in Calcutta.



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