Buttler smashes 116 as Delhi tempers boil over in IPL
Mumbai: Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals celebrates after scoring a hundred during the 34th T20 cricket match of the Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals, (Sportzpics for IPL/PTI Photo)
Jos Buttler hit 116 as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in a stormy IPL match on Friday which saw tempers boil over in the final over.
England’s Buttler hit nine fours and nine sixes in his 65-ball innings to set Delhi a steep 223-run winning target.
It was his third century of this IPL.
The match saw a heated exchange among the on-field umpires and Rishabh Pant’s Delhi over a full toss in the last over of the run chase.
Delhi needed 36 to win and Rovman Powell hit three sixes off the first three deliveries from fellow West Indian Obed McCoy.
McCoy’s fourth delivery was a high full toss around Powell’s waist, which Pant and Delhi thought should have been called a no ball.
Pant even sent a team official onto the field to argue his case.
“Everyone was frustrated because it was not even close, so I thought it was a no ball. Everyone in the ground saw that,” the Delhi skipper said after the match.
“Obviously it wasn’t right, but what happened with us was also not right. It was just the heat of the moment.”
Powell hit 36 off 15 balls with five sixes but fell to McCoy’s last delivery of the match.
Earlier Buttler and opening partner Devdutt Padikkal (54 off 35 balls) gave Rajasthan a dream start as the team made 222-2.
Padikkal fell to Indian left-arm rookie pacer Khaleel Ahmed and Buttler’s scalp was claimed by Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman.
Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson too played an impressive cameo with 46 off 19 balls with three sixes and five fours, as his team went top of 10-team league.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most expensive bowler, givinge away 40 runs in his three wicketless overs.
Pant was the top scorer for Delhi and hit two sixes and four boundaries in his 44 off 24 balls.
Delhi openers, David Warner (28 off 14) and Prithvi Shaw (37 off 27) tried to make a match of the chase but the middle-order couldn’t maintain the tempo once both openers fell.
Rajasthan spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled eight overs between them and took three wickets — including opener Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan (1) and Axar Patel (1) — for only 60 runs.
Rookie pacer Prasidh Krishna bowled tight lines and only gave away 22 runs in his four overs for the key wickets of Warner, Pant and Lalit Yadav, who scored 37 off 24 balls.