Mumbai, April 22: A masterful Jos Buttler blazed in his third century of IPL 2022 and picked up 155 runs for the opening ground with Devdutt Padikkal (54) as Rajasthan Royals recorded a massive 222/2 from 20 overs against Delhi Capitals in Match 34, at Stadium Wankhede here on Friday.
Delhi Capitals, already devastated by a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad, arrived at Wankhede Stadium instead of MCA Stadium in Pune without head coach Ricky Ponting, who went into self-isolation after a family member tested positive this morning. .
On the field, they met Buttler, who was in imperious form as he cautiously built his innings before hitting a plethora of shots to score 116 of 65 deliveries. This was his third century of this IPL edition and fourth overall. Virat Kohli had scored four tons in a single IPL edition in 2016 and now Buttler needs another century to match that record. Buttler achieved his first IPL 2022 hundred against Mumbai Indians at DY Patil, his second came against Kolkata Knight Riders at Brabourne.
Buttler broke his 100 in 57 deliveries, hitting eight fours and eight sixes as he and Padikkal collected 155 runs for the opening wicket, their highest partnership for any wicket, topping the unbeaten 152 runs for the third wicket between Ben Stokes and Sanju. Samson against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi in 2020. This was the first position of 150 runs for the opening ground in IPL 2022.
Padikkal played second fiddle but showed off his shooting range, hitting Mustafizur Rahman for three straight fours early in their innings as Rajasthan Royals seized the opportunity to bat first and set up a big goal for Delhi Capitals.
Skipper Sanju Samson showed a brilliant cameo for an undefeated 46 in 19 deliveries, capitalizing on a dropped catch when he was 28.
But not many expected Rajasthan Royals to post this season’s highest total at the start of the innings.
Buttler and Padikkal started slowly as Rajasthan Royals got to 44 without losing on the power play. Padikkal had greeted Mustafizur Rahman with three straight fours in his first over, while Buttler got in on Khaleel Ahmad for a big six, hitting across the line against a long ball and depositing it in the lower levels above the deep midwicket.
He hit Shardul Thakur, who had started with a rare maiden, in the top tier in the middle of the deep wicket as Rajasthan Royals hit 87/0 in the middle leg. The English batsman completed his half-century in 36 balls, hitting four bounds and as many sixes with a four on a Lalit Yadav completed pitch.
Padikkal tried to keep up the pace when he sent Lalit over the rope as the Royals reached 100 in the 11th. Buttler switched gears after reaching fifty, hammering Lalit Yadav for 18 runs with two sixes and a four in the 13th and handing the same deal to Kuldeep Yadav two overs later. In the middle, he reverse-swept Axar Patel for a four and lost partner Padikkal for 54, caught lbw by Khaleel Ahmed after Royals crossed 150 in the 14th. Butler came into his century undeterred, crossing the three figures in 57 deliveries and hitting eight fours and eight sixes in the process. In the five overs between 12 and 16, Rajasthan Royals hammered out 54 runs.
Buttler took 36 balls for his first fifty, but needed only 21 deliveries for his second as he blazed for glory once again.
Captain Sanju Samson hammered 21 runs in the 18th over Khaleel Ahmad, hitting two fours and two sixes, but also got lucky when the bowler brought down an easy skier after inducing an error with a well-aimed short shot.
Buttler continued to score at a brisk pace, throwing a four and a six to Khaleel Ahmed in the 19th and Rajasthan Royals got to 200 in the 19th. He was eventually eliminated for 116 of 65 balls, caught by David Warner, pocketing too far, trying to hitting a Mustafizur yorker on the last ball of the 19.
Short scores: Rajasthan Royals 222/2 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 54, Jos Buttler 116, Sanju Samson 46 not out; Mustafizur Rahman 1/43) vs. Delhi Capitals.