Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be aiming to win their second Indian Premier League (IPL) title when they face Gujarat Titans (GT) in the final of the ongoing 15th edition of the tournament at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad Sunday (May 29). The Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008 and have since failed to lift the elusive trophy. It will be RR’s first final since 2008 as they look to pay the perfect tribute to their former captain Shane Warne by lifting the trophy for him.
Opening hitter Jos Buttler has been instrumental in RR’s steady run so far this season, as he’s driven in runs game after game. Buttler slammed a magnificent century unbeaten as he powered the Royals to a seven-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier to help them book a place in the final against Gujarat Titans.
Buttler has had a phenomenal season with Willow so far and is on course to break David Warner’s elite IPL record. Buttler needs just 25 runs to pass Warner on the list of hitters with the most runs in a single season. He currently has 824 runs in 16 appearances this season with an impressive average of 58.86 and a strike rate of over 151.
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If Buttler passes Warner (848 runs) in Sunday’s final, he will break the record for most runs by a foreign hitter in a single IPL season. Overall, Virat Kohli tops the leaderboards with an impressive 973 runs in IPL 2016. Buttler needs 150 runs in the finals to surpass Kohli’s total of 973 runs and set an all-time record in the IPL. ‘IPL.
The England fly-half has been magnificent for the Royals from the start of the season and has already shattered four centuries in the tournament so far. He will look to fire again when Rajasthan Royals take on Gujarat Titans for one last dance at Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
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Rajasthan Royals have lost in all three encounters to Gujarat Titans so far this season and will be hoping to end the losing streak on Sunday to claim their second IPL trophy. A lot will rest on Buttler’s shoulders if RR is to topple Hardik Pandya & Co. in the summit clash.