Breaking his fourth cent of IPL-2022, Buttler, who cleared 800 runs in the tournament, helped the Royals chase down 158 at a gallop, as they outscored Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets at the imposing Narendra Stadium Modi in the second qualifier. It has now earned the Royals a second chance against Gujarat Titans and a chance to avenge their loss to the hosts in the first qualifier, in the top-flight clash at the same venue on Sunday night.
With the world’s most destructive batsman, currently enjoying the form of his life, he scored four fifty in IPL-15 and the last thing RCB would have hoped for was Buttler exploding. However, their worst fears came true when the Englishman knocked them out of the tournament with another devastating blow.
WHAT. A. WIN for @rajasthanroyals! 👏 👏Clinical performance of @IamSanjuSamson & Co. beating #RCB by 7⃣ wicke… https://t.co/j4cdhBljyB
– IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1653673505000
Buttler is now the only drummer besides Virat Kohli, who made it in 2016, to smash four hundred in a single edition of the IPL. Ironically, on a night that saw the 31-year-old dazzle, Kohli suffered yet another setback as he was overtaken by the highly impressive Prasidh Krishna for just seven years.
For a time it had lost its golden touch, but Buttler rediscovered it at the perfect time. His 56 89 balls in the first qualifier went to waste, but in this match it was more than enough.
You never run out of leads, but we run out of words. 💗💯#RoyalFamily | #HallaBol | #RRvRCB https://t.co/2Xe3JUtwMr
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1653673874000
While Buttler played the innings that decided the game, it was Prasidh Krishna (3-22 in four overs) and Obed McCoy (3-23) who set up victory for the Royals with their incisive spells. Exploiting the generous rebound from an Australian-style wicket, the two frontrunners played superbly, taking six wickets between them to allow the Royals to limit the RCB to 157 for eight.
Coming off of his 112-step Hurricane-winning rounds against Lucknow Super Giants at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Rajat Patidar once again proved to be RCB’s savior, earning the highest score with an impressive 58 (42b, 4×4, 3×6) , as he quickly adapted to the demands of a course on which strokeplay did not seem easy.
Despite another outstanding stroke from Patidar, another poor outing from Kohli and a poor collapse at the end, which saw them collect just 34 runs in the last five overs, while losing five wickets, saw RCB finish at least 20 points short of total safe.
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