Rajasthan beat Bangalore by seven wickets to win the second qualifier of the Indian T20 League 2022. The Sanju Samson-led side did well to restrict Bangalore, to begin with. Obed McCoy and Prasidh Krishna took three wickets each and were brilliant during the death overs. To follow it up, Rajasthan’s batters were at their best and thus, ensured that their side register a comprehensive victory. With the win, Rajasthan booked a slot in the final.
Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Bangalore lost the wicket of Virat Kohli (seven) early on, bringing Rajat Patidar to the crease. He played a brilliant knock to control the innings. They managed 46 runs in the powerplay. While a few wickets fell on one end, he continued to do well to keep the runs flowing. He was taking on the spinners, and raced to his half-century with a six in the 15th over.
However, he (58) lost his wicket in the next over to Ravichandran Ashwin for a team score of 130. The Faf du Plessis-led team could not do much after that as they kept losing wickets. Rajasthan’s death bowling was superb as they restricted Bangalore to 157/8. In the chase, Rajasthan got a flying start as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler did not waste any time getting going. They added 61 runs in the partnership.
Jaiswal (21) was dismissed in the sixth over by Josh Hazlewood. However, his partner continued scoring well, and raced to his half-century with a four in the seventh over. Sanju Samson (23) gave him good support for a while, but was sent back in the 12th over by Wanindu Hasaranaga for a team score of 113. Devdutt Padikkal slowed down a bit, taking the team to a score of 126 until the 15th over. The Englishman then went all berserk.
He hit 14 runs in the 16th over to reduce the equation to 18 runs in the final four overs. They lost one more wicket, but Buttler continued his mayhem and scored his fourth century of the season. On the first ball of the 19th over, he hit a six to finish the game in style.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 27, 2022
“Ee Sala Cup Rehnde”
— Ash (@SavageClown666) May 27, 2022
Buttler has delivered when it mattered the most for his team. #RRvsRCB
— unique diot (@unique_diot) May 27, 2022
— Labakk das (@lordlabakkdas) May 27, 2022
— R.Vinoth (@RVinoth59991164) May 27, 2022
We go to the final 💗💗 #RRvsRCB
— Aayush (@bangloreandevil) May 27, 2022
Winning and losing are part and parcel of the game.
A new captain, a new side, new match-winners, and a new season, the men in red had a season to remember.
That is what matters! #Bangalore is proud of our players.
— P C Mohan (@PCMohanMP) May 27, 2022
— Excite Crypto (@ExciteCrypto) May 27, 2022
Such a commendable effort by Jos Buttler 🙌🙌 through to the Final #RRvsRCB
— Maulik Vadariya (@MaulikVadariya) May 27, 2022
Jos the Boss!!!
— Samay Turakhia (@samay_srt) May 27, 2022
Rajasthan Royals enter the IPL 2022 Final. 💗
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 27, 2022
— Jithin Dayanand (@dayanand_jithin) May 27, 2022