With a 56-ball 89 against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, Jos Buttler joined the 700-run club this season. Buttler’s innings wasn’t typical of him, as he struggled to get going early in the game due to the wicket gripping a bit and batting not being easy for a batsman who has had two very different halves in IPL 2022. With GT’s fielders failing to take half-chances, he stuck in there, bided his time, and finally teed off. He scored his last 50 runs in only 18 balls after scoring 39 off 38 balls.

Butler said, “I was finding it difficult to begin with.” “Then Sanju came in and started playing well from the first ball, so we tried to get him back on strike for a while.” He removed a lot of my belongings. It wasn’t my most polished outing, but I tried to stick in there, get a little at the end, and ride my luck.

“All I tried to do was be positive.” I know I can trust myself to go away at some time. It came late in the game today, and sometimes you wish it came early. But I was determined to keep going. It was an important game for us, and as the batter, I wanted to make sure we put up a high score. Sometimes you simply have to swallow your pride; if it’s difficult, it’s difficult. Not to put too much pressure on it. Don’t be concerned. I know the opponent would rather I panic and leave, so I try to be calm, bid my time, and select a match-up when the opportunity arises.”

His innings got RR to 188, but it wasn’t enough on the night as David Miller and Hardik Pandya put up a 106-run fourth-wicket partnership off 61 balls to send GT to their first IPL final. Also adding to it was the fact that RR’s strength – their spin twins – went wicketless for the first time this season, with Ashwin giving as much as 40 runs, his highest in an innings this season.