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Buttler masterclass crushes Sunrisers to 6th defeat
A brutal 124 off just 64 balls from Jos Buttler helped Rajasthan Royals to record an emphatic 55 run win over a troubled Sunrisers Hyderabad at Delhi in the afternoon game in IPL. Rajasthan piled up 220/3 and SRH never looked in the hunt after the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow.
SRH dropped recently sacked captain Warner for this game and played Nabi to replenish their bowling.
For a long time, Jos Buttler was due for a major innings. He was getting some good starts but was never achieving impact scores. The moment finally came against SRH as Rajasthan was in dire need of 2 points to keep their hopes alive for the playoffs.
Sunrisers once again made the error of chasing after winning the toss as chasing is never been their stronger point especially when their team is struggling with their middle order. Buttler masterclass crushes Sunrisers to 6th defeat. After the early loss of Jaiswal, Buttler and Samson got involved in the main partnership of the match. Both took a while to settle down after which they started unfurling their shots with Buttler, in particular, looking in menacing touch.
He was going deep inside his crease and hitting his typical heaves over midwicket and also over the off side and down the ground for his boundaries and sixes. It was a ruthlessly attacking inning and was well supported by Samson, who also played some typically effortless shots in his crisp 48 off 33 balls. Together they added 150 for the 2nd wicket which set up the game for the Royals. Buttler finally departed for a spectacular 124 off just 64 balls that included 5 massive sixes. Few lusty blows by Parag & Miller took Rajasthan to 220/3. Buttler masterclass crushes Sunrisers to 6th defeat.
The SRH bowling looked out of sorts. Nabi looked ordinary and only Rashid as usual performed well.
The SRH chase actually took off well in the powerplay with Manish Pandey opening with Bairstow and scoring briskly to get 57 for the first wicket before back to back dismissals for Manish (31) and Bairstow (30) set them back. Once Bairstow was caught in the deep off Tewatia, the SRH defeat was on the cards as only Bairstow with his hitting powers could have achieved this big chase.
Williamson scratched around for 20 and the rest of the middle order did not have the firepower to reach anywhere close to the big target. This is another big loss for SRH and effectively ends their campaign though they still mathematically have a very slim chance if they can pile on wins in every game from this point.
The Rajasthan bowlers did well with Mustafizur and Morris getting 3 wickets each and Tyagi bowling with good pace in his first game of the season.
Buttler for his brilliant 124 was the unanimous choice for the man of the match
Rajasthan won by 55 runs
RR 220/3 (20 Ovs)
Samson(c & wk) 48(33)
Rashid Khan 1/24
Sandeep Sharma 1/50
SRH 165/8 (20 Ovs)
Manish Pandey 31(20)
Chris Morris 3/29