Jos Buttler crushed an unbeaten 106 in Qualifier 2 against RCB.© BCCI/IPL
Jos Buttler was at his destructive best on Friday as he reached his fourth century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore to send his team to their first final since 2008. Chasing 158, Buttler crushed an unbeaten 106 out of 60 as the Royals finished the game in 18.1 overs to set up the final against Gujarat Titans. In doing so, Buttler equaled Virat Kohli’s record of four centuries in one IPL season, a feat the former RCB skipper had achieved in 2016.
Buttler had previously scored for centuries against Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kohli was at his best in 2016, scoring a record 973 runs with the help of his four centuries as he led RCB to the final but lost to SunRisers Hyderabad.
Buttler now has 824 runs this season and is ready to win the Orange Cap. He will be eyeing David Warner’s 2016 total of 848 runs, which is the second-highest number of points a player has scored in a season.
On Friday, Buttler reached his half-century in 18 deliveries as he helped his team get off to a flying start. He then slowed, with the required speed close to run-a-ball, then rounded it off in style for his team.
Previously, Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy each took three wickets to help limit RCB to a modest total of 157/8. Rajat Patidar, with his stroke of 58, was RCB’s top scorer.
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