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Butler equals Kohli’s dazzling ‘records of ton’ with century in Qualifier-2; takes RR to Final

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2022-05-28 14:03:49

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Rajasthan Royals’ influential batter Jos Butler continues his dream-run in IPL 2022 while equalling Virat Kohli’s record of most centuries in an individual IPL season. Butler raced to his fourth ton in the season with a dominant performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Qualifier 2.

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Jos Butler’s sensational batting was the highlight of the match where he hammered 59 balls hundred and helped in clinching 7-wicket win to book a seat in high-voltage IPL 2022 final. The 31-year-old batter is the leading run scorer and orange cap holder of the season, Butler will be eying to go past Kohli and name the record of tons by his side, as Royals will be clashing Gujarat Titans in the ultimate showdown unwrapping on May 29.

Chasing a modest total of 158 runs, the Royals ripped-apart RCB bowlers in the power play overs with 61 runs partnership between Butler and Yashashvi Jaiswal. Butler didn’t lose his guard despite the change of partners at the other end and accelerated his explosive game-play, bringing his well-crafted half-century utilizing just 23 balls.

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Butler, on the way to victory, got the helping hand from skipper Sanju Samson who with Butler formed a 42-run stand. The Royals never looked under pressure during the entire chase and were way ahead of the required run-rate. Butler kissed the record in 18th over of the innings, the milestone came in the last ball of the over from Glenn Maxwell. He finished the Royal’s hustle with a stand and delivered six on the first ball of 19th over, steering the side for the title clash after 14 years' wait.

Earlier, the red-army failed to apprehend a good start and posted a modest total of 157 for 8 after being asked to bat.

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Rajat Patidar trusted the gained momentum and was the top scorer for RCB with 58 runs while skipper Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell sliced 25 runs and 24 runs respectively.

Rajasthan Royals need to be cautious for the final game against Gujarat Titans, as their opponents have already shown them the exit door in Qualifier-1 with 7-wicket win. Revenge-eying Sanju Samson’s men would be aiming for an improved show in the all-important title clash against Hardik’s GT.    

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