Royal Challengers Bangalore will remain a team that has all the talent, resources, skills but no luck however many combinations they try year after year. The team after qualifying to finals or playoffs finds some way to lose against their opponents. This time their batters couldn’t really step on the gas when needed during their innings and horrid bowling by Siraj (15.50), Shahbaz Ahmed (17.50) and Harshal Patel (9.15) nullified good work by Josh Hazlewood (5.75, 2/23), Wanindu Hasaranga (6.50, 1/26) and Glenn Maxwell (5.66). Mohammad Siraj had torrid time with his 2 overs going for more than 30 runs and Shahbaz Ahmed too went for more than 30 runs in two overs. Harshal Patel couldn’t contain Jos Buttler.
Virat Kohli looked completely dejected after his team’s abysmal show on field in the most important game. He himself failed with the bat going out to a Prasidh Krishna’s delivery. Rajat Patidar and Faf du Plessis tried to stitch a partnership but they did not get enough momentum to carry on.
Rajat Patidar managed to ride his luck after early drop by Riyan Parag and scored 58 valuable runs giving his team a respectable 157/8 total. Dinesh Karthik couldn’t perform to the expectations in the most important match. Prasidh Krishna got him and dangerous Hasaranga back to back in his final over. Glenn Maxwell tried to push scoring rate with 24 from 13 balls following 25 runs from 27 balls innings of Faf du Plessis but in the hunt of runs both gave up their wickets early. It came down to again Rajat to carry his bat through the innings like in eliminator where he scored a century against Lucknow Super Giants but he found Jos Buttler at the fence against Ravichandran Ashwin.
Obed McCoy performed well with the ball restricting RCB to the mid-range total giving his side a genuine chance to chase it down. He took three wickets from 4 overs by just giving away 23 runs. If not for Buttler’s blitzkrieg century, he and Prasidh would have jointly made Man of Match. Prasidh took Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik and Hasaranga out while McCoy got Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel.
Jos Buttler took off again riding his luck against a slower ball off Harshal Patel but his blistering knock killed any hopes that RCB could muster in the first ten overs. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson aided him with 21(13) and 23(21) cameos which included two sizes each. By the time Hasaranga got Sanju Samson out, RR were cruising at 113/2 in 11.4 overs. Jos Buttler did not let the momentum drop and safely took his team to victory with his fourth century of the season.
Now, Rajasthan Royals will try to meet Gujarat Titans in their home final and look to win the Final for their second cup. They managed to reach finals second time after 2008. They won the inaugural season courtesy legendary Shane Warne’s leadership. Now, they need Jos Buttler to shine again on Sunday, 29th May against in form GT.
On a side note, Chahal gave away 45 runs in 4 overs and continued his flop show in playoffs while Hasaranga bowled well to return with figures 4-0-26-1. Looks like before going into finals, Chahal taking tops from his opposite number here.