Chasing a par 158 for victory, Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 60-ball 106 as Rajasthan Royals crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Qualifier 2. Sanju Samson and co. will now meet Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday. Check RR vs RCB IPL live score updates, scorecard, Ball by ball commentary, live streaming and highlights on Times of India.Read Less
Jos Buttler (106* off 60 balls) collects the Player of the Match award! The Englishman says that he came in this season with great excitement and to get into the final is incredibly exciting. Adds that he has had a tournament of two halves and has had really honest conversations with the people close to him. Admits that he was feeling the pressure but he went to Kolkata a lot more relaxed. Shares that he always tries to react to the game situation. Shares that Kumar Sangakkara has advised him by saying that the longer he will stay there, the more runs will come. On his celebration after scoring a ton, Jos replies that after two years of playing on empty grounds, he was very excited in front of a capacity crowd. Talks about Shane Warne who was an influential figure for Rajasthan and say that the great man will be looking down on them with a lot of pride.
Sanju Samson, the victorious captain of Rajasthan, says that it was really tough for them after the last loss but they are used to bouncing back. Adds that the pitch was a bit sticky and helping the fast bowlers. Mentions that his fast bowlers executed the plans really well and they closed the innings superbly. Tells that they believed in their skills and that got them through. Smiles and says that toss plays a role definitely as the wicket plays differently in the second innings. On Obed McCoy, Samson replies that he is a tough character and very calm and composed who backs his strengths. Regarding Jos Buttler, Samson hopes that he has one more big knock left in him. Talks about the final of the first Indian T20 League and shares that he was very young at that time.
Kumar Sangakkara, the director of cricket and head coach of Rajasthan, comes up for a chat! The Sri Lankan legend says that all the hard work and training paid off with this victory. Adds that the way guys picked themselves up after the last match was pretty special. Regarding Jos Buttler, Kumar replies that he has got some very potent strength and manoeuvres the bowling smartly, he is great against spin and has all the shots, and chooses his shots wisely. Adds that he can accelerate at any time which is a big bonus. Praises his bowlers and calls the entire bowling group amazing. Lauds Prasidh Krishna for the way he bounced back after his last match where he got hit for three sixes by David Miller and talks about the commitment of Obed McCoy whose mother is ill back home. For the Rajasthan spinners, Kumar replies that they have been running the show for them, and as a unit, they stood up in this match. Mentions about the auction strategy and tells that they worked hard in picking the players, and their core is a group of seasoned international players. Signs off by saying that they will look to do the basics right against Gujarat and the team that plays better on that evening will win.
Bangalore will be deeply disappointed. Another season has gone and their trophy cabinet remains empty. They showed plenty of promise but failed to cross the last hurdle to get into the final. Their batting didn't operate at full strength once again. After the kind of start they had, Bangalore were in a good position to maximize the death overs but their innings nosedived and they managed just a below-par total. With the ball, the start from them was mediocre in the Powerplay and the writing was on the wall very early. They did try to create pressure later on but the damage was already done.
That concludes the proceedings for the penultimate game of this season. Rajasthan have set a date with Gujarat for the ultimate glory. The final is on Sunday, the 29th of May, at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT) in Ahmedabad. Don't worry we have your Saturday evening sorted as well. The final of the Women's T20 Challenge 2022 between Supernovas and Velocity is coming your way at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). You can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
On top of the world!!!
WHAT. A. WIN for @rajasthanroyals! 👏 👏 Clinical performance by @IamSanjuSamson & Co. as they beat #RCB by 7⃣ wicke… https://t.co/j4cdhBljyB— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1653673505000
Faf du Plessis, the captain of Bangalore, says that they were a few runs short. Feels that the start against the new ball was a bit tough but then they got the momentum. Admits that Rajasthan bowled very well in the end overs. Shares that there was plenty of bounce on the surface and it perhaps eased out in the second innings. Adds that he is proud of his team and thanks all the fans for supporting them. Talks about Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dinesh Karthik for their performances this season, and expresses his disappointment for not making it to the final. Lauds the effort of the backroom staff and is grateful for the kindness shown to them. Further says that they have a few young boys who can turn into superstars and they have a great future. Signs off by thanking the Bangalore fans and says that the support they got is truly remarkable.
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The wait is over!!! | Rajasthan in IPL final for the first time since 2008
14 long years later… 💗 Coming for you. 🏆 https://t.co/kIfKNPmyGB— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1653672972000
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🚨 BRILLIANT BUTTLER 🚨 Fourth 💯 of the #TATAIPL 2022 for Jos Buttler! 🙌 🙌 #RRvRCB | @rajasthanroyals Scorecard ▶️… https://t.co/xhyA9X0kst— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1653673204000
The start to the chase was bright and breezy from Rajasthan. Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered Mohammed Siraj for 16 runs to set the tone, and then Jos Buttler capitalized. He started in the top gear, contrastingly to his last knock, and notched up a quickfire fifty. Rajasthan enjoyed a great Powerplay and brought the asking rate down to 6.5. Samson also played a handy knock, but his departure slowed the scoring rate. The victory though was never in doubt, and Rajasthan eventually crossed the line in the 19th over. Jos Buttler struck yet another century and stayed till the end.
Rajasthan have decimated Bangalore and stormed into the final! Very clinical show from the Pink team, both with the bat and ball, and they deserve to contest for the trophy in the final - first time since 2008.
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Rajasthan crush Bangalore by 7 wickets to set up final with Gujarat
That's it!!! Rajasthan Royals have done it. They have chased down this 158 target in style. Jos Buttler finishes off the proceedings in style with a maximum off Harshal Patel. Riding on a sensational century from Jos Buttler (106* off 60 balls), Royals have crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Qualifier 2. They have now entered the final of IPL 2022. This is the only the second time Royals have entered the IPL final. The first time they did that in the inaugural edition (2008) and went on to win the title. They will now take on Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday.
Harshal Patel to Jos Buttler, SIX! Jos Buttler finishes off in style! Short in length and around off. Jos Buttler stands tall and pulls it all the way over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. Rajasthan are in the final as they win by 7 wickets.
4th century of the season for Jos Buttler!!!
What a man, what a knock. Jos Buttler gets to his fourth century of the season off just 59 balls. He has singlehandedly taken the game away from Bangalore. A sensational knock from Buttler in this high pressure Qualifier 2. Rajasthan now need 3 more runs off 12 balls.
Glenn Maxwell to Jos Buttler, CENTURY FOR JOS BUTTLER! The man for the big moment! Take a bow, Jos! What an innings this has been from the Englishman! Fuller and outside off. Jos drives it through covers and takes a single. He removes his helmet and soaks all the applause from this huge Ahmedabad crowd. He deserves it all!
Glenn Maxwell to Jos Buttler, Tossed up, on off. Buttler heaves it in the gap to wide long on. The long on fielder gives up but sees the ball hold in the surface and then gives a chase again. Two runs taken! Jos Buttler is on 99 now.
Glenn Maxwell to Shimron Hetmyer, Shorter ball, on off. Hetmyer punches off the back foot to long on for a single.