Jos Buttler crushes his first IPL barrel as the English star returns to form in style to inspire Rajasthan Royals to a 55-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Jos Buttler inspired Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable IPL victory on Sunday
- Due to his powerful at bat, the Englishman scored an unbeaten 124 of 64 balls
- Hyderabad finished at 165-8 compared to the 220-3 of Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler’s first Twenty20 century propelled Rajasthan Royals to an imposing 55-run victory over an exhausted Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Kane Williamson, who took over captaincy from David Warner, couldn’t change Hyderabad’s fortune as the team was still only one win out of seven at the halfway point of the tournament.
Buttler’s powerful at bat in the bottom of the Rajasthan innings saw the Englishman score an unbeaten 124 from 64 balls while propelling his team’s total to 220-3.
Jos Buttler delivered a stunning performance in the Rajasthan Royals IPL win
Hyderabad, which Warner dropped, always lagged behind the huge goal, finishing 165-8. Fast left arm bowler Mustafizur Rahman took 3-20 while multi-million dollar signing took Chris Morris 3-29 for Rajasthan.
“It’s a small ground, the more balls you run into you can eventually capitalize,” Buttler said. ‘I am proud of my performance for the team. We haven’t played our best cricket hopefully for myself and the team we can start in the back half of the tournament. ‘
Buttler expertly navigated Hyderabad’s move to use ace-leg spinner Rashid Khan (1-24) within the first 11 overs of the innings. Buttler vigilantly played the spinner, raising his half century of 40 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.
Buttler shared an impressive 150-run score with captain Sanju Samson (48) before the latter was caught long-off over the edge of the border in the 17th.
After Khan tossed his quota, Buttler scored free against Hyderabad’s fast bowlers, scoring his last 74 runs off just 25 balls, hitting seven boundaries and six sixes in the process. Fast bowler Sandeep Sharma eventually cleared the Englishman in the penultimate over, but not before Buttler skipped the fast bowler for three sixes in the same over.
Rajasthan continued to take wickets at regular intervals once Manish Pandey (31) and Jonny Bairstow (30) averted the clout game by setting up a 57-run opening wicket standard.
Butler hit his first century, scoring an unbeaten 124 of 64 balls as he propelled them to victory
Williamson (20) was well cheated on by Kartik Tyagi and ran in depth in the 13th before Mustafizur returned and claimed the Afghan duo of Mohammad Nabi and Khan.
Rajasthan pulled itself to number 5 in the points table with three wins from seven games.
“It was a tough day and a very competitive total from Rajasthan,” Williamson said. ‘We have had a number of challenges in the past three weeks, but we will continue to lead the way and make adjustments.’