Buttler ton secures Rajasthan victory

Joss Buttler scored his second IPL ton to help secure an 23-run victory for the Rajasthan Royals over the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Saturday.

Buttler’s 100 from 68 deliveries included 11 boundaries and five maximums as the Royals posted 193 for eight after Rohit Sharma had won the toss and asked Sanju Samson’s charges to bat first. In reply, half centuries from Ishan Kishan – his fifth in succession – and Tilak Varma were not enough as the Indians ended on 170 for eight.

Buttler’s innings was sublime, including taking 26 runs from Basil Thampi’s only over with three sixes and two fours. The English wicketkeeper/batsman was involved in two key partnerships with Samson (30) and Shimron Hetmyer (35) which gave the Royals the total they needed.

Despite Samson striking one four and three sixes from 21 balls, it was Buttler who was the aggressor in the third-wicket stand of 82 from 53 balls as Buttler struck 49 runs in the stand from just 29 balls. Buttler brought up his fifty from 32 balls with five boundaries and three sixes.

When Kieron Pollard (4-0-46-1) was introduced into the attack, success ensued with the wicket of Samson, caught at deep mid-wicket by Tilak Varma. But Buttler was joined by Hetmyer and the big-hitting West Indian struck three fours and three sixes from just 14 deliveries in a fourth-wicket stand of 53 from only 27 deliveries with Buttler to set the Royals up for their total.

Despite the platform, the Royals lost their way at the back-end with Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-17-3) removing Buttler, clean-bowled, and Hetmyer, caught at mid-wicket by Varma to add to the early wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal (1).

Tymal Mills (4-0-35-3) claimed the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal (7) but then added those of Riyan Parag (5) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2) at the back-end to give the Mumbai Indians some hope.

In reply, Prasidh Krishna (4-0-37-1) and Navdeep Saini (3-0-36-2) reduced the Mumbai Indians to 40 for two but a wonderful stand of 81 from 55 balls between Kishan (54) and Varma (61) for the third wicket put the Indians back in the race.

However, Trent Boult (4-0-29-1) returned to remove Kishan, caught by Saini at square leg and then Ravichandran Ashwin (4-0-30-1) put a real dent in the chase, clean-bowling Varma. Chahal (4-0-26-2) then grabbed two wickets in as many balls, removing Tim David (1), trapped in front before having Daniel Sams caught in the deep by Buttler first ball.

Chahal could have had his first IPL hat-trick but Karun Nair dropped Murugan Ashwin at first slip. Pollard slammed three fours and a six from 24 balls but was caught off the final ball of the innings from the bowling of Saini (3-0-36-1) to send the Royals top of the log.

Author: Brendon

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