Jos Buttler smashed a hundred after Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy picked up three wickets as Rajasthan Royals booked their finals berth with a seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Banglore at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Rajasthan Royals will now face Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday. Rajasthan will go to its first IPL final since the inaugural season in 2008.
Buttler Ton Helps Rajasthan To Qualify For The Finals
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal added 61 runs in just 5.1 overs for the first over. Jaiswal got out for 21 but Buttler was unstoppable. He brought up the fourth hundred of the season, equalling Virat Kohli’s record for most centuries in an IPL season.
After Jaiswal’s exit, Buttler rebuilt with skipper Sanju, hitting RCB bowler Harshal Patel and Shahbaz Ahmed for fours and sixes. Royals reached 112 runs in 11 overs. Dinesh Karthik stumped out Sanju Samson off a Wanindu Hasranga delivery but that did not stop Buttler’s mission to smash the bowlers.
With Shimron Hetmyer on the other side, Buttler brought up another century in style with a six that made Rajasthan seal the final.
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Prasidh And McCoy Show Restrict RCB To A Score Of 159
Earlier while batting first Royal Challengers Banglore again did not get contributions from the big names. The openers Virat Kohli(7) and Faf du Plessis(25) failed to come up with impactful knocks. Rajat Patidar played a superb knock of 58 runs in 42 balls.
A terrific spell from Prasidh Krishna in Qualifier 2.
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But then Royals fought back with five wickets in the last five overs, conceding just 34 runs. With Prasidh and McCoy in action, RCB’s middle order crumbled. Prasidh and Mccoy took three wickets each while Ashwin and Boult took 1 each restricting RCB to a target of 157.
Rajasthan Reached Finals For The Second Time
Rajasthan Royals won the IPL 2008 title under the captaincy of Shane Warne. Now under the captaincy of Sanju Samson, Rajasthan has reached the final of TATA IPL 2022 where they will face the team in form Gujarat Titans.
RCB for the third consecutive time qualified for playoffs but didn’t make it into the finals.