Jos Buttler smashed the first century of IPL 2022 to power Rajasthan Royals to 23-run win over five-time champions Mumbai Indians, who slumped to their second consecutive defeat on Saturday.
Opening the innings after being sent into bat, Buttler hit a whirlwind 100 off 68 balls, only his second ton in the history of the IPL. He struck 11 boundaries and five sixes during his knock.
Besides Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer (35 off 14) looked in destructive form while skipper Sanju Samson (30 off 21) too got a start. Jasprit Bumrah (3/17) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai Indians. Chasing the total, Tilak Verma smashed 61 off 33 balls, while opener Ishan Kishan made 54 off 43 balls but it was not enough to guide MI home as they finished at 170 for eight.
Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin exhibited their mastery at a pivotal moment in the game to ensure Rajasthan Royals successfully defended a strong total. This meant a second straight win for Royals and a second straight setback for Mumbai Indians, known to be slow starters.
Rajasthan Royals: 193/8 in 20 overs (Buttler 100, Hetmyer 35, Bumrah 3/17, Mills 3/35) Mumbai Indians: 170/8 in 20 overs (Varma 61, Kishan 54, Chahal 2/26, Saini 2/36) (Agencies)