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Buttler and bowlers grab crucial Rajasthan Royals victory
Kolkata: The Rajasthan Royals stayed afloat with a 55-point victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad – their third in seven games – in the afternoon’s double-headed game in New Delhi today.
Sent to bat, the Royals completed a 124-innings of Jos Buttler – his first century in IPL – to reach a gigantic total of 220 for three. Buttler got enough support in a 150-innings partnership with skipper Sanju Samson (48 balls out of 33 balls), which put Sunrisers on its back.
The Orange Army, which kept David Warner on the dugout as Kane Williamson replaced him as captain, started their pursuit solidly with Jonny Bairstow (30) and Manish Pandey (31) putting on 57 for the first window. Once Pandey fell to a slower delivery from Mustafizur Rehman they started losing wickets at regular intervals and even the new skipper failed to succeed with the bat.
The Royals bowlers did their job well, with “Fizz” (3/20) and Chris Morris (3/29) being the bowlers’ choice.
Buttler’s heroes take Rajasthani Royals to over 200
Kolkata: Jos Buttler showed why he is considered one of the most destructive batsmen in white ball cricket as his 124-on-64-ball innings, his first century in IPL, propelled the Royals of Rajasthan to a gigantic total of 220 for three against Sunrisers Hyderabad in today’s game.
An exhilarating 150-round partnership between Buttler and Royals skipper Sanju Samson (48 balls out of 33 balls) cut the Sunrisers’ sails. The England wicket-keeper survived a few tight calls early on, but made the most of them with 11 fours and eight sixes – that too with a 193.75 strike rate.
This is the second day at the trot that the New Delhi wicket sees a goal of over 200 set up. Can the new Sunrisers now repeat what the Mumbai Indians did on Saturday night?
We’ll find out in the next two hours …
Kolkata: All eyes will be on Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, who took over from David Warner at Sunrisers Hyderabad, who is looking for the wind to turn in their match of the day against the Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi.
Languishing at the bottom of the table halfway through the league, SRH should see some drastic changes in their XI of play. It will be interesting to see if they still keep the combination of confidence between Warner and Jonny Bairstow “ relieved ” in head of the order – where the dashing English opener Jason Roy replaces Warner.
The Royals, who also suffer from a lack of depth in their mid-order, will have to make do with the resources available. This will mean that skipper Sanju Samson will have to take on a role similar to that of KL Rahul at the Punjab Kings and hope that youngsters like Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag and the hard-hitting Rahul Tewatia give them satisfaction.