Jos Buttler shattered a fourth century record of the tournament when Rajasthan Royals knocked down seven wickets from Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday to set up an IPL final against Gujarat Titans. Rajasthan chased 158 for the win at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, reaching his goal with 11 balls left in the second qualifier as Buttler equaled Kohli’s record of four tons in an IPL season. His 106 out came from 60 balls and included 10 fours and six sixes.
Fast bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy each took three wickets to narrow Bangalore to 157-8 and build victory for Rajasthan, who won the inaugural edition in 2008 under the captaincy of the late Australian great Shane Warne.
The final will be played at the same venue on Sunday after Gujarat, in their debut season, defeated Rajasthan in the first qualifier early this week.
Buttler got the Royals to fly with an opening score of 61 points in 31 balls with left-handed Yashasvi Jaiswal falling over to Australian navigator Josh Hazlewood at the start of the sixth.
The in good form Englishman, who leads the tournament with 824 runs, reached his fifty in just 23 balls.
Wanindu Hasaranga cheered RCB as the leg spinner sent skipper Sanju Samson away, who was stuck for 23.
Buttler hit his hundred and hit the air with delight, then hit the winning six to extend Bangalore’s wait for a first IPL title.
First in bat, Bangalore lost Kohli for seven after their former captain hit New Zealand left arm speedy Trent Boult for a six in the opening left, but soon fell for Krishna in the next.
Kohli, who hit a match-winning 73 in his team’s final league game after a largely difficult season with three golden ducks, saw a pitch invader touch his gloves after the first ball of the game.
Skipper Faf du Plessis teamed up with Rajat Patidar to set up a 70-run tie as the pair tried to take the charge to the opposing bowlers.
Patidar, who made an unbeaten 112 in Wednesday’s eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants, fought a solitary battle after being dropped at 13.
Du Plessis wasn’t so lucky and was caught short on McCoy’s third man, sending back numbers of 3-23. He made 25.
Patidar reached his fifties with six-legged spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, but soon fell to Ravichandran Ashwin when Buttler made a well-judged catch from distance.
Wickets continued to tumble as Krishna took over two of consecutive deliveries in the 19th to return figures of 3-22 from his four.
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