Rajasthan Royals secured a convincing victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore to storm into the IPL 2022 final. The inaugural season champions defeated RCB by 7-wickets to play an IPL final after 14 years. Chasing 158-runs for a win, Jos Buttler slammed his fourth century of the season to turn the game on for his side. Buttler’s unbeaten knock of 106-runs powered RR to qualify for the final. The England batter stole the show once again and also crossed the 800-run mark to retain the Orange Cap.
After opting to bowl first, Prasidh Krishna gave RR a good start by dismissing Virat Kohli for just 7. But Faf du Plessis (25) and Rajat Patidar steadied RCB’s innings by adding 70-runs. Patidar fought a lone battle by extending his stellar run in the IPL play-offs with a 42-ball 58.
RCB’s middle-order batters struggled to score runs on a pitch that offered extra bounce to the pacers. RR pacers bowled brilliantly to take five wickets in the last five overs and conceded only 34-runs. Krishna and Obed McCoy bagged three wickets each.
In response, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler provided a flying start to their side. Both stitched a 61-run opening stand before Jose Hazlewood dismissed Jaiswal for 21. Then it was Buttler who took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners and scored his fifty in just 23 deliveries.
Though RCB bowlers pulled things back, Buttler continued toying with them. Once the RR skipper Sanju Samson (23) departed, the opening batter took complete control and single-handedly sealed a historic win with a gigantic six.