IPL 2021: Buttler dazzles as Royals crush SRH

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler notched up his maiden T20 hundred. Photo: Twitter/IPL
RR won by 55 runs

Arun Jaitley Stadium

(220/3) (20)
(165/8) (20)

New Delhi: Jos Buttler announced his return to form with belligerent maiden T20 hundred as Rajasthan Royals made a mincemeat of an out-of-sorts SunRisers Hyderabad, winning Sunday's IPL encounter by a whopping 55-run margin.

Opening the innings, Buttler smashed a breathtaking 124 off 64 balls while Sanju Samson was effective in his 48 off 33 deliveries which powered Rajasthan to a commanding 220/3

Even a change in captaincy couldn't bring in luck for SRH as they could manage only 165/8 in their 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals players celebrate the fall of a wicket. Photo: TwitterIPL

Chris Morris (3/29) and Mustafizur Rahman (3/20) did the bulk of the work with the ball while Kartik Tyagi (1/32) and Rahul Twetia (1/45) picked up a wicket apiece.

With the win, the Royals moved up to fifth spot while SRH continued to stay at the bottom, having won only one match all season.

Looking to register their second win of the season, SRH raced to 57/0 in the first six overs.

However, Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur struck right after the first strategic time out, getting rid of Manish Pandey (31). The dangerous Jonny Bairstow (30) and Vijay Shankar (8) soon followed.

With the pressure mounting, skipper Kane Williamson (20) went for the big shot only to be caught at deep midwicket by Morris off Tyagi as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

Mohammad Nabi (17 off 5) injected some hope in the SRH camp, as he smashed Tewatia for two sixes in the 14th over. However, the Afghan was back in the dug out after a quick cameo.

With 91 needed in the last five overs the lower and middle order struggled.

In the end the, top heavy SRH did not have enough fire-power to pull off the mammoth chase.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson lofts one. Photo: Twitter/IPL

Earlier, put in to bat, Buttler and Sanju stitched a 150-run partnership for the second wicket after the Royals lost opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (12) cheaply.

While the Englishman hit the ball 11 fours apart from eight maximums, Sanju had four fours and two sixes to his credit.

For SRH, Rashid Khan (1/24), Vijay Shankar (1/42) and Sandeep Sharma (1/50) picked up a wicket each.

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