Jos Buttler smashes his maiden IPL ton as England star returns to form for Rajasthan Royals

Jos Buttler smashes his maiden IPL ton as England star returns to form in style to inspire Rajasthan Royals to 55-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Jos Buttler inspired Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable IPL win on Sunday
  • The Englishman’s powerful hitting saw him score an unbeaten 124 off 64 balls
  • Hyderabad finished at 165-8 compared to Rajasthan Royals’ 220-3

Jos Buttler’s maiden Twenty20 century propelled Rajasthan Royals to an imposing 55-run victory over a depleted Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Kane Williamson, taking over the captaincy from David Warner, couldn’t change Hyderabad’s fortunes with the team still on just one win out of seven games at the half-way stage of the tournament.

Buttler’s powerful hitting in the latter half of the Rajasthan innings saw the Englishman scoring an unbeaten 124 off 64 balls as he propelled his team’s total to 220-3.

Jos Buttler produced a stunning performance during Rajasthan Royals’ IPL victory

Hyderabad, who dropped Warner, always lagged behind the huge target and finished at 165-8. Left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman picked up 3-20 while multi-million dollar signing Chris Morris took 3-29 for Rajasthan.

‘It’s a small ground, the more balls you face you can capitalise in the end,’ Buttler said. ‘I pride myself on my performance for the team. We haven’t played our best cricket, hopefully for myself and the team we can kick on in the back half of the tournament.’

Buttler expertly navigated Hyderabad’s move to use ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1-24) within the first 11 overs of the innings. Buttler watchfully played out the spinner and raised his half century off 40 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.

Buttler shared an impressive 150-run stand with captain Sanju Samson (48) before the latter was caught on the edge of the boundary at long-off in the 17th over.

Once Khan bowled his quota, Buttler scored freely against Hyderabad’s fast bowlers, scoring his last 74 runs off only 25 balls, hitting seven boundaries and six sixes in the process. Fast bowler Sandeep Sharma eventually clean bowled the Englishman in the penultimate over, but not before Buttler smacked the fast bowler for three sixes in the same over.

Rajasthan kept taking wickets at regular intervals once Manish Pandey (31) and Jonny Bairstow (30) saw off the batting powerplay by putting on a 57-run opening-wicket stand.

Butler hit his first century scoring an unbeaten 124 off 64 balls as he propelled them to victory

Butler hit his first century scoring an unbeaten 124 off 64 balls as he propelled them to victory

Williamson (20) was well deceived by Kartik Tyagi and holed out in the deep in the 13th over before Mustafizur returned and claimed the Afghanistan duo of Mohammad Nabi and Khan.

Rajasthan pulled themselves to No. 5 in the points table with three wins from seven games.

‘It was a tough day and a very competitive total from Rajasthan,’ Williamson said. ‘We’ve had a number of challenges over the last three weeks, but we keep fronting up and make adjustments.’

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Lewis McManus gets three-point code of conduct penalty for his stumping of Hassan Azad 

Hampshire wicketkeeper Lewis McManus gets three-point code of conduct penalty for his stumping of Leicestershire’s Hassan Azad

  • Lewis McManus removed bails with left hand while clutching ball in his right
  • The incident was highlighted due to cricket’s extensive streaming services 
  • He has escaped with a reprimand and three point code-of-conduct penalty 

Hampshire wicketkeeper Lewis McManus has escaped reprimand other than a three-point code of conduct penalty following his controversial stumping of Leicestershire batsman Hassan Azad earlier this month.

During the County Championship’s first round of matches, McManus removed the bails with his left hand while he clutched the ball in his right, which was raised in their air appealing for a catch.

The incident on April 10 was highlighted due to the extensive streaming services now available in English domestic cricket and led to a complaint to the ECB by Leicestershire.

Lewis McManus has been handed a reprimand as well as a code of conduct penalty

An investigation followed but no further action was taken above match referee Stuart Cummings’ judgement that McManus’ role in Azad’s dismissal constituted misconduct at the same level as showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision, using obscene language, or deliberately making physical contact with another player.

Such level two offences carry a three-point penalty, with an accumulation of nine points in a two-year period resulting in a suspension.

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