Jos Buttler became the first England cricketer to hit 100 sixes in the IPL.
The thirteenth match of IPL 2022 saw Royal Challengers Bangalore handing over Rajasthan Royals their first defeat this season, by winning a seesaw chase by four wickets. Rajasthan Royals had a clear edge over the other teams after winning both their first two games, and having a net run rate of over two. Royal Challengers Bangalore, however, managed to put a brake on Rajasthan’s progress.
Jos Buttler continued his remarkable form with an unbeaten 47-ball 70, with some good support from Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer. Despite losing only three wickets, RR could manage only 169 which wasn’t enough. No player batted at a strike rate of over 150.
RCB managed to chase it while making the simple look complicated yet again. They aced both the powerplay and the death overs to win despite a middle-over collapse. Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat shared a fifty-run opening stand and from there it looked like RCB would win with ease.
Thanks to Trent Boult and the former RCB player Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB were reduced to 87/5 in no time. Even RCB had no batter striking at over 150 at this stage. However, Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik shared a 67-run stand that helped RCB to win from an unlikely position, as both scored forties striking above 170.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 13 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2022:
70 – Jos Buttler’s score today, which is the highest without hitting a four in an IPL innings. The previous highest score in the IPL without a four was 62 not out by Nitish Rana against Punjab Kings in 2017.
1 – Jos Buttler became the first England player to hit 100 sixes in the IPL.
4 – Jos Buttler is the fourth-fastest player to hit 100 sixes in the IPL, in just 67 innings. Only Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Rishabh Pant reached the 100-sixes mark in fewer innings than him.
2 – This is only the second time Virat Kohli is run-out for a single-digit score in the IPL. The other such match was against Mumbai Indians in 2012.
4 – This is the fourth time Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed Sanju Samson in T20 cricket.
329 – Runs scored by Jos Buttler in his last four IPL innings. Only Virat Kohli (351) and Shikhar Dhawan (333) have a higher total in four consecutive innings in the IPL.
205 – Runs scored by Jos Buttler in IPL 2022. He now holds the Orange Cap, overtaking Ishan Kishan in the list of most runs this season.
67 – Runs added by Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik, which is RCB’s second-highest sixth-wicket partnership in the IPL. Their highest is an unbeaten 76-run stand between Chris Gayle and Arun Karthik against MI in 2013.
3.75 – Economy rate of Yuzvendra Chahal while bowling against his former team RCB. All his other teammates had an economy of 8.5 or above.