IPL-17: RR vs RCB | Royals on a roll as Buttler’s ton trumps Kohli’s

The Englishman registers his sixth century after the India star comes up with his eighth; skipper Samson plays a good hand for the Rajasthan side

Updated - April 07, 2024 01:51 am IST

Published - April 06, 2024 07:24 pm IST - Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler celebrates scoring fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangaluru in Jaipur, India, Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler celebrates scoring fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangaluru in Jaipur, India, Saturday, April 6, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP

Rajasthan Royals increasingly looks the team to beat. But, the thing is nobody has found a way to do it yet.

Sanju Samson’s men defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru by six wickets with five balls to spare at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday night. Riding on Virat Kohli’s eighth IPL hundred, RCB had made 183 for three.

Game No. 100

The Indian master’s century was nullified by a magnificent one from Jos Buttler (100 n.o., 58b, 9x4, 4x6), in his hundredth IPL game.

He had needed six to reach his sixth IPL century while his team required only one.

Buttler pulled Cameron Green to clear the boundary. His wild celebration meant how much it meant to him after going through a terrible patch.

Four on four

It was the Royals’ fourth win in as many matches. They are now leading the table.

It was Buttler’s 148-run partnership for the second with Samson (69, 42b, 8x4, 2x6) that made the chase look easy. The Royals team management must be relieved with the England superstar’s knock.

With the law of averages seems to be catching up with his opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal, Royals had been somewhat short of runs at the top of the order, but Riyan Parag’s great run meant the team didn’t have to suffer.

After Jaiswal was dismissed off the second ball of the innings — his leading edge off Reece Topley ballooned to Glenn Maxwell at mid-off — Buttler and Samson virtually took the game away from RCB.

The RCB innings had once again been more about Kohli (113 n.o., 72b, 12x4, 4x6). On this night, he got support from captain Faf du Plessis (44, 33b, 2x4, 2x6), who may not have looked at his fluent best, as they put on 125 for the first wicket.

Kohli had indicated he was in nice touch from early on, with a wristy flick to square-leg for four against Nandre Burger and then a gorgeous swivelled-pull for a maximum against the same bowler in the following over.

But, his innings was destined to be overshadowed by Buttler’s.

SCOREBOARD

ROYAL CHALLENGERS

Virat Kohli (not out) 113 (72b, 12x4, 4x6), Faf du Plessis c Buttler b Chahal 44 (33b, 2x4, 2x6), Glenn Maxwell b Burger 1 (3b), Saurav Chauhan c Jaiswal b Chahal 9 (6b, 1x6), Cameron Green (not out) 5 (6b); Extras (lb-2, w-9): 11. Total (for three wkts. in 20 overs): 183.

FALL OF WICKETS

1-125 (du Plessis, 13.6 overs), 2-128 (Maxwell, 14.5), 3-155 (Saurav, 17.2).

ROYALS BOWLING

Boult 3-0-30-0, Burger 4-0-33-1, Ashwin 4-0-28-0, Avesh 4-0-46-0, Chahal 4-0-34-2, Parag 1-0-10-0.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Yashasvi Jaiswal c Maxwell b Topley 0 (2b), Jos Buttler (not out) 100 (58b, 9x4, 4x6), Sanju Samson c Dayal b Siraj 69 (42b, 8x4, 2x6), Riyan Parag c Kohli b Dayal 4 (4b, 1x4), Dhruv Jurel c Karthik b Topley 2 (3b), Shimron Hetmyer (not out) 11 (6b, 2x4); Extras (w-3): 3; Total (for four wkts. in 19.1 overs): 189.

FALL OF WICKETS

1-0 (Jaiswal, 0.2), 2-148 (Samson, 14.4), 3-155 (Parag, 15.4), 4-164 (Jurel, 16.3).

RCB BOWLING

Topley 4-0-27-2, Dayal 4-0-37-1, Siraj 4-0-35-1, Dagar 2-0-34-0, Green 3.1-0-27-0, Himanshu (Impact Player in place of Saurav) 2-0-29-0.

Toss: Royals. PoM: Buttler.

RR won by six wickets with five balls to spare.

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