|Indian Premier League 2022: Second Qualifiers|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore 157-8: Patidar 58 (42); Krishna 3-22, McCoy 3-23|
|Rajasthan Royals 161-3: butler 106 * (60); Hazelwood 2-23|
|Rajasthan Royals win 7 wickets|
Gus Butler reached his fourth century in the Indian Premier League in 2022 to lead the Rajasthan Royals to the final where they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets.
Butler failed to finish 106 from just 60 balls as he chased after 158 Royals.
Hijackers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy each took three wickets to reduce the RCB to a below-average total.
Members of the royal family meet the newcomers of the IPL’s Gujarat Titans in the final match on Sunday.
Butler’s brilliant innings were set up with a bowling royal as Krishna recovered from David Miller’s attack in the first qualifying to finish 3-22, including a wicket prize from India star Virat Kohli.
Kohli, who resigned as captain of RCB last year to be replaced by Vav du Plessis, will have to wait another year in a bid to win his first IPL title with the franchise he has represented since the inaugural tournament in 2008.
Once again, the big three Kohli, du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell failed to score for RCB.
Rajat Patidar followed his century in the remover with 58 balls from 42, but he was the only batsman to last half a century in his innings.
It was a touching event for the Royals and their fans as they had the chance to win their second IPL title – their previous victory in 2008 when they were led and coached by the late Shane Warren.
Butler’s genius stuns RCB
In the first playoffs against the Titans, the Battlers 89 got off to a slow start but managed to speed up at the ends.
In front of RCB, when his team needed it most, he hit the ball with remarkable power and ease from the first ball, keeping his intention throughout – breaking the winning streak by six goals.
Butler’s IPL record is astonishing: With one match remaining, he has 824 hits with an average of 59, including four hundred and four and a half centuries, and is sure to finish with the orange hat – awarded to the tournament’s top scorer.
Only Kohli himself has achieved centuries of Butler in a single IPL campaign.
Butler scored all over the grounds, collecting his signature ramps above the wicket guard with brutal drag shots into the stands and pushing them into the stands from the spinners.
The England superstar fluttered in the air with glee after tossing the first of the 18th ball over the ropes, and the Ahmedabad crowd emigrated with him in a sea of pink shirts of royals.
If the Gujarat Titans want to stop another Buttler attack in the Finals, they’ll need to take any bait their way – as RCB wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik learned when he missed an easy opportunity when the hitter was at 66.