Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in Qualifier 2 to set up a final date with Gujarat Titans. Catch RR vs RCB, IPL 2022 highlights and scores.
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Inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals entered their first IPL final in 14 years with a resounding seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Friday. Chasing a tricky target of 158 runs in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022, Royals reached home with 11 balls to spare. Sanju Samson & Co. face debutants Gujarat Titans in the final on Sunday at the same venue.
And the heroes of the match were Jos Buttler, who hit an unbeaten 106 off 60, laced with 10 fours and six sixes and pacers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy, who claimed three wickets each after Samson won the toss and opted to bowl first. Buttler has now hit five centuries in IPL, four of those this season.
RCB superstars once again failed with youngster Rajat Patidar (who else!) top-scoring for the team (58 off 42). Faf du Plessis & Co. managed only 157/8 on a tricky top, and it proved too little against an inspired RR batting line-up. The final will be a replay of Qualifier 1 which was won by Gujarat Titans. Match starts 8:00 PM IST. And there will be a 45-minute long closing ceremony feat. music maestro AR Rahman, and Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Urvashi Rautela. Catch highlights and cricket scores of RR vs RCB.
Losing captain Faf du Plessis hailed "great season for RCB." And he has special words for RCB fans.
"My first season coming in and seeing how special the fans are everywhere we go. A big thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting us. Have had some incredible performances for us. Harshal has been amazing. DK.. all the guys picked for India," he said.
Jos Buttler is the player of the match.
And Jos Buttler hits Harshal Patel for a six, over deep mid-wicket to guide Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket win with 11 balls to spare. Rajasthan Royals in the final. RR - 161/3 (18.1); RCB - 157/8 (20)
Glenn Maxwell on with his third. Four singles, and Jos Buttler on 97 off 57. A couple to long on. The long off fielder give up, but the ball bounces awkwardly only a couple. A single to cover and century for Buttler in 59 balls, Seven runs from the over. Rajasthan Royals need three in 12. RR - 155/3 (18)
A dot to new man, Shimron Hetmyer. 2/23 for Josh Hazlewood. Rajasthan need 10 runs in 18 balls. RR - 148/3 (17)
Josh Hazlewood on with his final over. A single, then a couple, past point. Jos Buttler laps the third for a four, then a single. And Devdutt Padikkal is gone. Caught behind. He looks to guide the bouncer to fine leg but ends up offering an easy catch to Dinesh Karthik. He goes for 9 off 12. Rajasthan need 10 runs in 19 balls. RR - 148/3 (16.5)
Wanindu Hasaranga on with his final over. Two singles, and a good stop on the follow-through for a dot. Then a six, over long-off as Jos Buttler says enough for singles. 82 off 50 (nine fours and four sixes). Also 800 runs for the Englishman. A dot, then a six, over long on. 14 from the over. Spoiling the figures. 1/26 for Hasaranga. Rajasthan need 18 runs in 24 balls. RR - 140/2 (16)
Harshal Patel on with his third over. Devdutt Padikkal takes a single off the first, to third man. Then a dot to Jos Buttler, to point. A single, past cover. One more dot, and Buttler is beaten for pace. A single to end the over. Four singles from it. ANother boundary less over. Rajasthan need 32 runs in 30 balls. RR - 126/2 (15)
Glenn Maxwell returns for his second. A dot, and a single for Devdutt Padikkal, past cover. Two more singles. A couple off the fifth as Jos Buttler plays past extra cover. Good return throw from deep. A dot to end the over. Five from the over. No boundaries for 20 balls. Rajasthan need 36 runs in 36 balls. RR - 122/2 (14)
Josh Hazlewood returns for his third. Asking rate 5.62. Eight balls from the last boundary. RCB fighting back! A dot, then a single for Devdutt Padikkal to third man. And a beauty to Jos Buttler. Just misses the outside edge. A single to mid-wicket. One more single, and a dot to point. Three singles from the over. Five runs in the last two overs. Rajasthan need 41 runs in 42 balls. Buttler on 70 off 40. RR - 117/2 (13).
Devdutt Padikkal is the new man, and he takes a single. A dot to end the over. Two singles and a wicket. Rajasthan need 44 runs in 48 balls. RR - 114/2 (12)
Wanindu Hasaranga on with his third over. Jos Buttler takes a single, to long-on. And two dots. Then stumping. Reckless, careless from Sanju Samson. He comes down and is stumped. Beaten. Easy for Dinesh Karthik. No need to be extravagant. Asking rate is under 6. The SKIPPER goes for 23 off 21. 52-run stand broken. Joy for Hasaranga. Rajasthan need 45 runs in 50 balls. RR - 113/2 (11.4)
Harshal Patel on with his second. And dropped. Jos Buttler gets life on 66. Nick and easy for Dinesh Karthik. But whit it hits the fan... what a miss. A single for the effort. A dot, then Samson launches a six, over long-on. A single and fifty-run stand in 34 balls. Nine from the over. Rajasthan need 46 runs in 54 balls. RR - 112/1 (11)
Wanindu Hasaranga continues. A four off the first as Sanju Samson beats the short third man with a cut. Six from the over. Fine effort from Hasaranga. 42 runs in the last five overs. Rajasthan need 55 runs in 60 balls. RR - 103/1 (10)
Shahbaz Ahmed returns for his second. Jos Buttler takes a single off the first, to mid-wicket. Sanju Samson then lofts the second for a six, over long-on. Clean. A single, and a four, through cordon. Luck favouring Buttler. Edge. And one more four, this time past point. A dot to end the 16-run over. 0/35 in two overs for Shahbaz. Rajasthan need 61 runs in 66 balls. RR - 97/1 (9)
Wanindu Hasaranga on. A dot, then Sanju Samson plays the second to long-off for a single. A single to rotate the strike. Two more singles. Four from the over. RR - 81/1 (8).
Harshal Patel on with his first over. A dot, then two singles. And a four, through extra cover. Fifty in 23 balls for Jos Buttler (six fours, three sixes). A dot, then a four to fine leg. Mohammed Siraj left gasping, on the floor, grasping the grass at short fine leg. Class from Buttler. Almost a no ball for full toss. 10 from the over. RR - 77/1 (7)
Sanju Samson is the new man. A dot. And a single, thanks to a Faf du Plessis misfield at mid-off. And a four. Another half-volley, but punished this time, through mid-wicket. A quick single, to mid-on. Buttler on 45 off 20 (five fours and three sixes). A dot to end the over. Six runs and a wicket from Jos Hazlewood's second over. RR - 67/1 (6)
Josh Hazlewood returns. And he gets Yashasvi Jaiswal, caught by Virat Kohli at point. Jaiswal goes for 21 off 13. Kohli is somewhat subdued. RR - 61/1 (5.1)
Double bowling change. Shahbaz Ahmed on. Yashasvi Jaiswal takes a couple off the first, to long-on. A single, and six as Jos Buttler launches over long-on. A dot, then another six, this time hits the sightscreen. Crowd in a frenzy. A four, over mid-on, to end the over. 19 from it. RR - 61/0 (5)
Glenn Maxwell with his first over. A dot, then a single to long-off. Jos Buttler mistimes and skier, but lands safely at mid-off. Mohammed Siraj chases, but in vain. A couple more, to deep mid-wicket. And two dots. Five from the over. RR - 42/0 (4)
Mohammed Siraj continues. A dot, then a single as Yashasvi Jaiswal plays the second to mid-off. A dot, then a four, over cover. And one more, this time inside edge to long leg. Lucky, Jos Buttler. And what. A six. Over deep square leg boundary. Some connection. 15 from the over. 0/31 in 12 balls for Siraj. He's bleeding. RR - 37/0 (3)
Josh Hazlewood shares the new ball. A dot, and four through point. Fine shot, Jos Buttler! Two dots. A couple to mid-wicket. And a dot. Six from the over. RR - 22/0 (2).
Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj has conceded most sixes in a single edition of IPL. Now 30, and one more than Dwayne Bravo in 2018.
Chase begins. Mohammed Siraj with the new ball. Yashasvi Jaiswal takes the first strike. A dot, to point. One more, to backward point. And six. Short, and hooked behind square. Deep into the stands. A four to make it 10 in two balls. Guides past square leg fielder. A dot. And a six, this time a rocking pull shot over midwicket. Jos Buttler is yet to face a ball. 16 from the first over. RR - 16/0 (1)
RCB superstars failed again! They slipped from 130/3 to 157/8 in a massive, massive game. But Rajat Patidar hit a fifty, thus becoming the second-highest scorer in the IPL playoffs. For RR, Prasidh Krishna bounced back from the disappointment in Qualifier 1 defeat against Gujarat Titans to produce figures of 3/22. Obed McCoy also claimed three wickets (3/23), even as leading wicket-taker Yuzvendra Chahal leaked 45 runs without success. RR need 15 to play their second final in IPL. They were the inaugural champions in 2008. Win or loss, still some wait!
Obed McCoy with the final over. And he cleans up Harshal Patel (1 off 2). Slower and doing the trick against a wild swinging batter. FoW - 154/8 in 19.1 overs. A dot to new man Josh Hazlewood. A single, then two dots. Shahbaz Ahmed connects the last ball, and steals a second. Three runs and a wicket in the final over. Brilliant. 3/23 for McCoy. 34 runs and five wickets in the last five. RCB - 157/8 (20)
Harshal Patel is the new man and he blocks the hat-trick ball, past cover for a single. A wide, then a dot. Shahbaz Ahmed hits the last ball for a six, long handle. Over long on. Eight runs and a wicket in the over. 3/22 for Prasidh Krishna. RCB - 154/7 (19)
And Prasidh Krishna produces an unplayable yorker for new man Wanindu Hasaranga. Between leg and bat, and hits middle and leg. Golden duck. RCB - 146/7 (18.2)
Prasidh Krishna with the penultimate over. His figures so far: 1/14/ And more than 85 thousand in attendance tonight. Dinesh Karthik fails to execute. Bottom of the bat, and caught by Riyan Parag at long-on. DK goes for six off seven. Massive wicket. RCB - 146/6 (18.1)
Shahbaz Ahmed is the new man. And a four to start, over extra cover. A dot to end the over. Seven runs and a wicket. 2/20 for Obed McCoy in three overs. RCB - 146/5 (18)
Obed McCoy returns for his third over. Two singles, a dot. Mahipal Lomror looks to paddle sweep, but misses completely. And straight up, and caught at backward point. Easy fort Ravichandran Ashwin. Bounce doing the damage. Lomror goes for 8 off 10. RCB - 141/5 (17.4)
Yuzvendra Chahal on with his final over. Mahipal Lomror takes a single, to fine leg. Dinesh Karthik slog sweeps the next, but only a single. Three more singles. And a couple to sweeper cover to end the over. Seven from it. Chahal wicketless in the big match. His figures: 0/45. RCB - 139/4 (17)
170 runs for Rajat Patidar in the playoffs, second only to David Warner's 190 in 2016, the year that Sunrisers Hyderabad won the title. Dinesh Karthik is the new man. A dot, and two singles to Ravichandran Ashwin's spell. His figures: 1/31. 51 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. RCB - 132/4
Ravichandran Ashwin on with final over. A single, and Rajat Patidar hits the first ball for a six, over mid-wicket. And gone next ball. Holes out at long off. Jos Buttler fidgety, but fine. Replays confirm. Patidar goes for 58 off 42. RCB - 130/4 (15.3)
Mahipal Lomror is the new man. Yuzvendra Chahal on with his third. A dot, then Rajat Patidar plays the second to long-off. Lomror takes a single off the third, to long-on. And a wide, down leg. Another one, also down leg. A quick single to square leg. One more single, and over the bowler's head for a six. Fifty for Patidar (52 off 40, four fours and two sixes). 12 from the over. RCB - 123/3 (15)
Trent Boult returns for his final over. Glenn Maxwell cuts the first and Shimron Hetmyer saves one run at deep backward point. A single, and two dots. Maxwell gets ready for a reverse hit but a slower bouncer deceives him. Another dot. Well-directed bouncer. Maxwell screams. Down the leg, and Obed McCoy pulls off a beauty a catch at fine leg. Toe end of the bat and carried to a forward diving fielder. Maxwell goes for 24 off 13. Four runs and a wicket. 1/28 for Boult. RCB - 111/3 (14)
Yuzvendra Chahal returns for his second over. A single, and Glenn Maxwell muscles the second over deep mid-wicket. A leaping Shimron Hetmyer almost holds on to it. A single, then a wide, outside off. A single to deep for Rajat Patidar. Reverse sweep and four to third man. Mistimed, but just enough contact. A single to end the over. 15 from the over. 0/26 in 2 for Chahal. RCB - 107/2 (13)
Ravichandran Ashwin on with his third. Rajat Patidar takes a single, to mid-wicket, and a six for Glenn Maxwell. Outside off and launches over the bowler's head. Clean hitting. A single to long-on. One more single, and Ashwin pulls out as Maxwell shuffles. Two more singles. And another one to end the over. 11 from it. RCB - 92/2 (12)
Glenn Maxwell is the new man. And a single to square leg. One more single as Rajat Patidar plays the last ball to mid-wicket. Seven runs and a wicket from Obed McCoy's second over. RCB - 81/2 (11)
Obed McCoy returns for his second over. Thick outside edge and Rajat Patidar gets lucky, again. Beats Ravichandran Ashwin at short third man. In fact, half chance. Clips the outstretched left hand. A single, and a dot. Then Faf du Plessis hits straight to Ashwin. Out for 25 off 27. 70-run is broken. RCB - 79/2 (10.4)
Ravichandran Ashwin continues. Rajat Patidar plays the first ball to mid-wicket for a couple. A review for LBW. Ashwin is convinced. Belated call from Sanju Samson. Pitching on the line, but missing the leg. One review gone for RR. A single to deep mid-wicket. Another one. One more. Dee fielder busy. Five from the over. 35 runs in the last. Faf du Plessis and Patidar unbeaten on 25 off 25 and 32 off 27 respectively. RCB - 74/1 (10)
Spin from both ends. Yuzvendra Chahal with his first over. A dot, then a single for Faf du Plessis to long off. Fifty-run stand in 39 balls. And Rajat Patidar celebrates it with a six, over long on. On the slot, and dismissed. Two singles and a wide, outside off. A single to long on. 11 from the over. RCB - 69/1 (9).
Spin on. Ravichandran Ashwin with his first over. Three singles and a wide, down the leg. A single, and play and miss for Faf du Plessis. A single to end the 6-run over. RCB - 58/1 (8)
Obed McCoy on. Rajat Patidar cuts the first ball and hard. But fine effort at deep backward point by Yuzvendra Chahal to restrict it to a couple. A dot, and a single to square leg. A quick single for Faf du Plessis to point. More singles. Six from the over. RCB - 52/1 (7)
Prasidh Krishna on with his third. A dot, and a four through point. Rajat Patidar gets another, the same corridor. Backfoot punch. Beauty. And dropped Patidar on 14 by Riyan Parag at point. For all his talk about "catches win matches". Poor, poor effort. Nine from the over. RCB - 46/1 (6)
Trent Boult with his third over. Two singles and a couple as Faf du Plessis plays the third to square leg. And a streaky four, beating a diving Sanju Samson on his left. Just enough for Faf, off the glove. A dot, and a four. On the up and driven through cover. 12 from the over. RCB - 37/1 (5)
Prasidh Krishna continues. Rajat Patidar plays the first ball over the slip, and four. A dot, then four byes, down the leg. Two dots. Another one. Eight from the over. RCB - 25/1 (4)
Trent Boult continues. A dot, and one more as Faf du Plessis plays to extra cover. Rajat Patidar wants a quick single, but almost runs himself out. Fortunately for him, the fielder fails to hit the target at the bowler's end. Another dot, and Faf creams the fourth for a four, over cover. Two dots to end the over. RCB - 17/1 (3)
Rajat Patidar, the new man, starts with a four, to fine leg. Five runs and a wicket in Prasidh Krishna's first over. RCB - 13/1 (2)
Prasidh Krishna shares the new ball. On the target. Shout for LBW against Faf du Plessis, but no response from Sanju Samson. Probably missing leg. A single to square leg. Two dots. And the big wicket. Outside the off and bounce. Kohli fishes and fine nick. Caught behind. He goes for 7 off 8. Flash in the pan. RCB - 9/1 (1.5)
Two catchers for Virat Kohli at short fine leg and short mid-wicket. Plan for RR is to bring the ball back. A dot, and some noise. Resets the field. Kohli takes a single, to fine leg. and a nice gesture from the often chided Kohli. Backing up fielder unsighted, resulting in a misfield. Kohli refuses the second run. Faf du Plessis off the mark with a single, also to fine leg. Two dots, and Kohli swipes a six, over deep square leg. Comes down and whips. Eight from the over. RCB - 8/0 (1)
Chris Gaffaney and Nitin Menon will conduct the match tonight. Anil Kumar Chaudhary will assist the pair.
Players are in the middle. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis to open for RCB. Trent Boult with the new ball.
Only the third time Sanju Samson has won the toss this season. Then, Faf du Plessis said, RCB "were actually looking to bat first".
Both the sides are unchanged. Here are the playing XIs:
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Sanju Samson wins the toss and Rajasthan Royals will bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Matthew Hayden with the pitch report for the official broadcasters. He starts with a praise for the venue. A colosseum! "No cracks, and even covering of grass," says the Aussie batting great. "Average winning score is 175".
RR record so far: Played - 15; Won - 9, Lost - 6
Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs at Pune;
Beat Mumbai Indians by 23 runs at DY Patil;
Lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets at Wankhede;
Beat Lucknow Super Giants by 3 runs at Wankhede;
Lost to Gujarat Titans by 37 runs at DY Patil;
Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs at Brabourne;
Beat Delhi Capitals by 15 runs at Wankhede;
Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 29 runs at Pune;
Lost to Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at DY Patil;
Lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at Wankhede;
Beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets at Wankhede;
Lost to Delhi Capitals by 8 wickets at DY Patil;
Beat Lucknow Super Giants by 24 runs at Brabourne;
Beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at Brabourne;
Lost to Gujarat Titans by 7 wickets at Kolkata.
RCB record so far: Played - 15; Won - 9, Lost - 6
Lost to Punjab Kings by 5 wickets at DY Patil;
Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets at DY Patil;
Beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets at Wankhede;
Beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at Pune;
Lost to Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs at DY Patil;
Beat Delhi Capitals by 16 runs ay Wankhede;
Beat Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs at DY Patil;
Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets at Brabourne;
Lost to Rajasthan Royals by 29 runs at Pune;
Lost to Gujarat Titans by 6 wickets at Brabourne;
Beat Chennai Super Kings by 13 runs at Pune;
Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 67 runs at Wankhede;
Lost to Punjab Kings by 54 runs at Brabourne;
Beat Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets at Wankhede;
Beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs at Kolkata.
Playing six batsmen may be a risk for RR if their bowling fail but RCB are completely reliant on their top 5, where Rajat Patidar has arrived like a messiah. RR skipper Sanju Samson needs to be extra careful because he has a poor record against RCB's Wanindu Hasaranga and pacer Mohammed Siraj.
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Will the toss play a role tonight? Since 2021, teams batting first have won six games, and teams batting second have won 11 games in T20 cricket at the Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera).
Friday's match in Ahmedabad is a straight shootout with the winning team going to Sunday's final against Gujarat Titans. Statistically speaking, RCB have a 13-11 win-loss record against Rajasthan Royals. In the league stage in IPL 2022, it's 1-1.