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TATA IPL 2022 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Qualifier 2 Report: Rajasthan will face the newest IPL team Gujarat Titans in the final.
The 14 year long wait of Rajasthan Royals is finally over. The first champion team in IPL history has finally come very close to the title once again after its title success. Rajasthan Royals, captained by Sanju Samson, have managed to make their place in the final of IPL 2022. In the second qualifier played in Ahmedabad, Rajasthan defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by a huge margin of 7 wickets in a one-sided fashion. In their most important match of this season, Rajasthan performed well on every front. Famous Krishna Under his leadership, the bowlers restricted Bangalore to just 157 runs and then got an easy victory, proving the score even smaller with Jos Buttler’s (106 not out) record fourth century.
In 2008, Rajasthan won the title by reaching the final of the first IPL season. Since then, the team also had trouble reaching the playoffs. After 2018, the team reached the playoffs for the first time and now this team has also hit its entry in the final. This is only the second time that Rajasthan has got a place in the final.
Famous changed the fate of himself and the team
As far as this match is concerned, Bangalore had batted first and from the second over itself, the team seemed to be out of this match. The famous Krishna (3/22), who smashed three consecutive sixes in the last over in Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Titans, completely uprooted Bangalore’s batting. Famous started with the wicket of Virat Kohli (7) in the second over itself. Then coming in the last over, he got a big wicket in the form of Dinesh Karthik, who could not get Bangalore out of trouble this time. Famous took the wickets of Karthik and Wanindu Hasaranga in successive deliveries.
Patidar’s unilateral struggle
In the midst of all this, once again Rajat Patidar (58 runs, 42 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes) played the role of troubleshooter for Bangalore. This right-handed batsman came in the second over and took over the team. This time he took some time, but also made some great shots in between. Rajat scored his second half-century in this season and laid the foundation for taking the team to a competitive score. However, as soon as Ravichandran Ashwin took his wicket, Rajasthan started tightening the reins. This is the reason why Bangalore scored only 35 runs in the last 5 overs. Apart from him, only captain Faf du Plessis (25) and Glenn Maxwell (24) could contribute. Apart from being famous for Rajasthan, Obed McCoy (3/23) bowled brilliantly.
Powerplay ready, foundation for victory
If the bowlers created a good opportunity for the team, then the opening pair of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal laid the foundation for the team’s victory in the powerplay itself. Both gave 37 runs in the first 3 overs, out of which 30 runs came in Siraj’s two overs. Bangalore could not recover after this poor start. In the fifth over, both scored 19 runs against Shahbaz Ahmed and ended the powerplay at 67 runs for one wicket. Butler completed his half-century in just 23 balls and then together with captain Samson, the team in just 10 overs. Reached 100 and fixed the victory.
Butler on the chariot of record
Meanwhile, Samson once again became a victim of Wanindu Hasaranga, but it did not have any effect on Rajasthan. Butler (106 runs, 60 balls, 10 fours, 6 sixes) made history by taking a run in the last ball of the 18th over by completing his fourth century in this season. He became only the second batsman after Virat Kohli to do such a feat. On the first ball of the 19th over, he hit a six and gave the team a memorable victory. In the midst of this storm, only Josh Hazlewood (2/23) and Wanindu Hasaranga (1/26) proved better for Bangalore.