The Rajasthan Royals (RR) marched to the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with a comprehensive 7-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
A spectacular batting display by Jos Buttler, who slammed his fourth century of the season, powered RR to a clinical 7-wicket win and sealed their spot for the final.
Chasing 158 to win, RR were off to a flier after Yashasvi Jaiswal whacked two sixes and a four in the first over. Jos Buttler at the other end took Siraj to the cleaners and punched two fours and a massive six.
RR added 19 off the fifth over after Buttler attacked Shahbaz Ahmed’s spin in the 5th over. Josh Hazlewood provided the opening wicket for RCB after Jaiswal was caught at point but RR were going strong with 67/1 at the end of the powerplay.
Buttler creamed a four to reach his fifty and was joined by skipper Sanju Samson. The duo continued the easy flow of runs and RR were comfortably placed at the halfway stage at 103/1 after 10 overs.
The fifty partnership was up for the second wicket before the RR skipper was out stumped against Hasaranga.
The equation was down to run-a-ball for RR as Devdutt Padikkal joined the well-set Buttler at the crease. After a couple of quiet overs, Buttler clubbed two sixes against Hasaranga to bring the equation down to 18 off 24.
While the RR opener moved into the nineties, Hazlewood scalped his second wicket to dismiss Padikkal, who was caught behind in the 17th over.
Buttler reached his fourth century of the season and finished the game in style with a maximum as RR successfully chased down the target with 11 balls to spare.