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
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.’