Jos Buttler cracks 124 as Royals beats SRH.
It was the s’h’ame old story for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they lost to Rajasthan Royals by 55 runs in IPL 2021 at Delhi on Friday after dropping their under-fire captain-cum-opener David Warner. It was just the first time that Warner was dropped from the playing XI. Kane Williamson, who captained the SRH in the match, could not stop the Royals from scoring a mammoth 220/3, aided by Jos Buttler’s maiden T20 ton (124). The loss meant SRH remained at the bottom of the table with 2 points out of 7 games.
Jos Buttler goes into top gear after hitting fifty
Asked to bat first, Royals’ opener Buttler had a steady start, reaching his fifty in 39 balls before going into the top gear, scoring 74 runs in 25 balls. He cracked 11 fours and 8 sixes during his knock. For SRH, Warner’s replacement Mohammad Nabi conceded 21 runs in his solitary over. Rashid Khan had a respectable 1/24 in 4 overs.
Buttler combined with Sanju Samson (48) to put a 150-run stand for the second wicket before the England opener posted the highest individual score for his franchise.
SRH began well, with new opening pair of Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow putting up 57 runs in 6 overs. But Mustafizur Rahman broke the stand, and SRH failed to recover from there. They were restricted to 165/8. Rahman bagged 3/20.
Royals jumped to 5th place with this win, bagging 6 points in 7 games.
Stats and Trivia
Buttler became the third overseas player after Shane Watson and Ben Stokes to hit a ton for Royals. His 124 is also the highest individual score for Royals.
Since joining SRH in 2014, Warner has missed 20 games (17 due to ban, and 3 due to international commitments). But this is the first time he was dropped from the XI.
Buttler cracked 8 sixes, one more than the full SRH XI managed in the match.
It was just the second time Manish Pandey opened the batting in IPL.
Buttler had two scores in the 90s for Royals before he finally converted one into a century.