On Friday, Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets to advance to the IPL final against Gujarat Titans, with Jos Buttler blasting a tournament-record fourth century.
Rajasthan reached their target of 158 with 11 balls to spare in the second qualifier at Ahmedabad’s world-class cricket stadium, as Buttler tied Kohli’s four-tonne IPL season record.
He hit 10 fours and six sixes in 60 balls to score 106 runs.
Rajasthan won the inaugural edition in 2008, with fast bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy each taking three wickets to restrict Bangalore to 157-8 and set up Rajasthan’s triumph.
Gujarat won the first qualifying earlier this week, and the final will take place on Sunday at the same location.
Buttler got the Royals off to a flying start with a 61-run opening stand in 31 balls with Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was removed in the sixth over by Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood.
The in-form Englishman, who leads the tournament batting rankings with 824 runs, hit his fifty in just 23 balls.
With his dismissal of skipper Sanju Samson for 23 runs, Wanindu Hasaranga gave the RCB some hope.
Buttler scored a century and celebrated by pumping the air before hitting the game-winning six, extending Bangalore’s wait for their first IPL triumph.
Bangalore lost Kohli for seven runs as he hammered New Zealand left-arm quick Trent Boult for a six in the opening over, but they were quickly despatched by Krishna in the following over.
Kohli, who hit a match-winning 73 in his team’s final league match after a largely difficult season that included three golden ducks, had his gloves touched by a pitch invader after the first ball.
As they attempted to take the attack to the opposition bowlers, Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar put up a 70-run stand.
After getting dumped on 13, Patidar fought alone after striking an unbeaten 112 against the Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday.
Du Plessis, on the other hand, did not have the same luck and was caught by McCoy at the first slip, returning 3-23. He had a total of twenty-five.
Patidar hit a six off Yuzvendra Chahal’s leg-spinner for fifty runs, but he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin after Buttler took a well-judged catch at long-off.
The wickets kept falling, with Krishna taking two consecutive deliveries in the 19th over to end with 3-22 from four overs.
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