Jos Buttler was the main architect of the win, as the England and Royals batsman played a match defining knock of 124 from 64 deliveries, helping his side pile a gigantic 220/3 on the board. This was also Buttler’s first ton in the lucrative T20 league, making him fourth England cricketer to reach the three-figure mark in the history of tournament.
In response, SRH could only manage 165/8 in their 20 overs, with Manish Pandey’s 20-ball 31 being the highest individual score among the SRH batters.
After a string of defeats in the ongoing campaign, the team on Saturday appointed Kane Williamson as their new skipper, replacing David Warner, who also was not included in the Playing XI. However, SRH wait for the elusive win got extended and the franchise would hope for a better show in their next outing against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, after being put to bat first, Rajasthan got off to a slow start, losing young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal cheaply on 12 off 13 balls. However, this didn’t affect the Royals as Buttler combined with skipper Sanju Samson to completely sweep the game away from SRH.
The pair added 150-runs for the third wicket, which also was the second-highest third-wicket partnership by a Royals pair. Samson was dismissed by Vjay Shankar in the 17th over on 48 off 33 balls.
Buttler, on the other hand, started off his innings on a slow note and managed to add just 33 in the first 35 deliveries he faced. However, after switching gears, Buttler went into an unstoppable mode and fired 89 runs in the other 29 balls of his innings. The right-handed batsman smashed a total of 11 fours and eight sixes.
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