Rajasthan Royals (RR) romped to a dominating victory by 55 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday. The battle of bottom dwellers in the IPL table, witnessed a euphoric resurgence of Jos Buttler who singlehandedly flattened the Hyderabad bowlers. Buttler struck 124 off 64 and was named the man of the match.
Rampant Buttler helps RR post 220
Out of flavour, English batsman Jos Buttler roared back to form with a blitz of 124 from 64 balls. He belted 11 fours and 8 sixes, striking at a rate of 193. Such was his dominance that Royals got to 200 in the 18th over. A steady 48 from 33 by Sanju Samson helped RR to the mammoth total.
Post Yashasvi Jaiswal’s dismissal, Samson and Buttler put up 150 runs together. Samson struck 4 fours and 2 sixes. This is now the second-best partnership for Rajasthan Royals. Buttler became the 4th English batsman to hit a IPL ton. This was his maiden hundred in T20s (including IPL).
Williamson starts with heavy defeat
Sunrisers Hyderabad relieved Australian David Warner from the dity of the captain on Saturday. SRH named Kane Williamson their new captain. But SRH’s fortunes remains unchanged. With 1 win out of 7 games, they are still at the bottom of the table.
SRH dropped Warner from the playing XI. The gamble did not pay off. Opening with Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey, Hyderabad got off to a good start, but chasing 221 was never going to be easy.
Mustafizur, Morris picks 3 each
Heavyweights Chirs Morris and Mustafizur Rahman did not have the best start to their IPL campaign. However, both of them bowled commendably to restrict SRH to 165. Morris picked up 3 conceding 29 and Mustafizur returned with 3/20.