- Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Qualifier 2
- Rajasthan Royals will meet Gujarat Titans in the final of IPL 2022 on Sunday
- Jos Buttler scored 106 not out as RR secured reached an IPL final for the second time
Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Ahmedabad on Friday to reach the final of Indian Premier League 2022 where they will take on Gujarat Titans.
The RR victory was scripted by Jos Buttler (106 not out) who struck his 4th hundred of the season and equaled Virat Kohli’s record for most hundreds in a single IPL season. In 2016, Virat Kohli smashed 973 runs and scored 4 hundred and one-half of that record stood for 6 years. Buttler will have the chance to break Kohli’s record in the final against the Titans this weekend.
Gujarat Titans finished at the top of the points table in their maiden season, while Rajasthan Royals, who had won the first edition of the IPL in 2008, made it to their second final. RCB had crashed out of the Eliminator in the two previous years but this season, they knocked out Lucknow Super Giants to come within one victory of a berth in the final.
However, Jos Buttler dashed RCB’s hopes with another sensational inning. During the course of his 106 not out off 60 balls, he became only the third batter after Virat Kohli and David Warner to go past 800 runs in a single IPL season. Chasing 158, Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal got RR off to a rapid start before skipper Sanju Samson scored 23 to ensure there were no hiccups for the side even as RCB bowled some tight overs.
After Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to field, his bowlers were brilliant. Prasidh Krishna struck early to remove Virat Kohli while Obed McCoy sent back Faf du Plessis who struggled his way to a slow 25.
Rajat Patidar, the hero of RCB’s Eliminator win over Lucknow Super Giants, hit a fine 58 while Glenn Maxwell made a rapid 24 to help the side finish with 157 for 8 off their 20 overs.
For the Royals, Prasidh Krishna (3 for 22) and Obed McCoy (3 for 23) were the pick of the bowlers while Trent Boult and R Ashwin finished with one wicket apiece.
JOS BOSSES RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batters made batting look rather difficult on the Ahmedabad pitch but Rajasthan Royals openers Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal came out all guns blazing.
Yashasvi Jaiswal took 16 runs off the first over from Mohammed Siraj before Jos Buttler joined the party and raced to third position for the most runs scored in a season in the IPL behind Virat Kohli (973) and David Warner (848). Incidentally, Kohli and Warner had made those records in 2016 when both their teams reached the final.
Yashasvi Jaiswal fell to Josh Hazlewood in the final over of the powerplay but he had done his job by then in a 61-run opening stand with Jos Buttler. Yashasvi Jaiswal made a quickfire 22 at a strike-rate of 161.53.
Even after Jaiswal’s exit, the Royals were the outright favourites but the RCB players’ body language left a lot to be desired. Virat Kohli is normally a livewire on the field but he looked dejected after completing the catch to dismiss Jaiswal.
Sanju Samson joined Jos Buttler in the middle and as their partnership progressed, RCB’s shoulders dropped.
RR were 103 for 1 at the halfway stage but RCB showed no intent to mount a fightback. Harshal Patel got a healthy edge off Buttler’s bat but Dinesh Karthik, one of the best wicketkeepers in the league, grassed an easy chance. Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed Sanju Samson after the Royals captain had hit 23 off 21.
There was still plenty of depth in the RR batting line-up and with Jos Buttler in the middle, it was only a matter of time before they joined Gujarat Titans in the final.
From the 12th over onward, Wanindu Hasaranga, Hazlewood, Maxwell and Harshal slipped in a few economical overs and the asking rate suddenly climbed over 6 an over.
However, Buttler hit Hasaranga for a six in the 16th over and became just the third player after Virat Kohli and David Warner to go past 800 runs in a single IPL season. Buttler followed that up with another six and RR were on the cusp of their second IPL final.
It was a clinical win by the Royals who had won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League but have since struggled to make it to the title clashes in the IPL.
PATIDAR DOES IT AGAIN
Virat Kohli was eager to make an impact in the playoffs after Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the last four thanks to Mumbai Indians. But after making a 24-ball 25 in the Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants, Kohli got out for just 7 against Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2.
The commentators on air dubbed it a “nothing shot” after Virat Kohli poked at a short and wide ball from Prasidh Krishna and edged to Sanju Samson behind the wickets. It really was horrible shot selection from a player who has so many shots in his book and for someone who was so desperate to make an impression.
Faf du Plessis, who got out for a first-ball duck against LSG two days back, laboured his way to 25 off 27 balls before becoming Obed McCoy’s first victim.
Rajat Patidar had won it for RCB single-handedly with the bat when he scored a brilliant 112 not out against LSG and on Friday, he was once again a delight to watch. While the senior pros failed, Patidar took it upon himself to give RCB a fighting chance. There were some crisp hits to the fence but importantly, he was also able to rotate the strike and run hard on a sticky pitch where run-scoring wasn’t always easy.
Patidar hit 4 fours and 3 sixes and was involved in two constructive partnerships – first with du Plessis when the two added 70 for the second wicket and then with a Glenn Maxwell, a rapid 32-run stand which came in a little over 3 overs.
Glenn Maxwell looked dangerous during his 24 which was studded with 1 four and 2 sixes but his innings was ended by Trent Boult. Mahipal Lomror and Dinesh Karthik failed to get going as RR were able to finish strongly with the ball.
Shahbaz Ahmed struck an unbeaten 12 off 8 but at the end, RR were able to manage only 157 for 8, a below-par score on the surface.
Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers did an excellent job after their captain won the toss. Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy finished with three wickets apiece while Trent Boult and R Ashwin picked one wicket each. Prasidh was on a hat-trick at one stage when he dismissed Dinesh Karthik and Wanindu Hasaranga off successive deliveries and a fine last over from McCoy helped RR restrict a dangerous RCB batting line-up.