IPL 2022, Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights: Prasidh and Buttler send RR to their first final since 2008 | Cricket News



AHMEDABAD: Jos Buttler extended his dream run this season with a record fourth hundred as Rajasthan Royals produced a ruthless performance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets here on Friday and reach their first IPL final since the inaugural edition in 2008.
Pacer Prasidh Krishna (3/22) came back strong from the hammering he received in the last game to help Rajasthan limit RCB to 157 for eight in Qualifying 2 despite a stellar 42 ball 58 from Rajat Patidar.
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Buttler (106 on 60), the tournament’s best run getter by far, then played with the RCB offense to secure the victory for the Royals in 18.1 overs. It was fitting for Buttler to hit the winning runs as he beat Harshal Patel for his sixth-highest.
With his special innings, Buttler tied Virat Kohli for most hundreds in a single season. Kohli achieved this feat in 2016.
The Royals face IPL debutants Gujarat Titans in the final here on Sunday and would look to emulate the special feat of the 2008 batch that won the title under the inspirational guidance of the late Shane Warne 14 seasons ago.

The field offered an extra rebound, but after Buttler got off to a good start with Yashasvi Jaiswal (21 from 13 balls), the Royals had the game in the bag.
RCB, who had raised hopes of a long-awaited title with a resurgent run, made too many mistakes after the Royals put them to bat.
After a below average batting effort, their bowlers ran out of ideas against a marauding Buttler. Mohammad Siraj ended a forgettable IPL campaign on a dismal note. He dropped 31 runs in his first two overs, allowing the Royals to run away with the game.

Buttler broke the 800 carries mark this season and sent bowlers into every corner in his winning effort that included six sixes and ten fours. Jaiswal, who crushed Siraj for two sixes and a four in the opener, also played his part as the Royals ran to 67 for one on the power play.
Earlier, Patidar extended his stellar run in the IPL, but his effort was the only bright spot in the RCB innings as the other batters struggled on tricky ground.
The Royals took the upper hand taking five wickets in the last five overs which lasted just 34 runs.

After smashing a sensational cent in the Eliminator, Patidar played with supreme confidence after high-level openers Virat Kohli (7) and Faf du Plessis (25) failed to find hard-hitting shots.
The Rajasthan Royals pace duo of Trent Boult (1/28) and Krishna were impressive throughout the innings.
As Boult threw his inswingers into the power play, Krishna, who had a horror night against the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, brought the ball sharply up a good length.
Kohli started with a spectacular six from Boult, a deep square leg whip, before falling to a loose shot from Krishna. It was a wide ball that rose sharply and Kohli played away from his body to give it to the wicketkeeper. The extra rebound contributed to his dismissal.

Patidar joined du Plessis in the middle and again played as if hitting from a different surface. He was dropped by Riyan Parag at the back spot early in the innings after recovering two fours from Krishna in the same over. Both were delicious punches, the first being a cracking chop before a superb back punch between cover and backstitch.
He also tackled star spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal in the middle and elevated his fifty with a clean shot over a long stretch.
Glenn Maxwell hit a six apiece against Ashwin and Chahal before Boult beat him. Boult invited him to shoot a thin leg deep and the Aussie failed to cross the boundary with Obed McCoy taking a brilliant hold.
The Royals bowlers managed to smother the RCB in the death overs.
Krishna, hammered for three straight sixes in the final against Gujarat, also upped his game in the slog overs to brush aside the in-form Dinesh Karthik and Wanindu Hasaranga on successive balls.


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