In the ninth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Rajasthan Royals (RR) thrashed Mumbai Indians (MI) by 23 runs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Saturday.

Chasing a big total of 194, opener Ishan Kishan and youngster Tilak Verma batted exceptionally well to take Mumbai close to what could be a memorable victory. Kishan smashed 54 off 43 balls, while Tilak scored 61 from 33 deliveries, but after their dismissals, MI lost track and fell 23 runs short of the target.

For Rajasthan, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal almost picked up a hat-trick by dismissing two wickets on consecutive balls in the 16th over. But Karun Nair, at slips, dropped a catch to deny Yuzvendra his maiden hat-trick in the lucrative league.

Earlier, Jos Buttler smashed his first century of the ongoing fifteenth season and second overall in the cash-rich league. The opening batter took the MI bowling attack to the cleaners, smashing five sixes and 11 fours en route to his 68-ball 100.

Captain Sanju Samson (30 off 21) and Shimron Hetmyer (35 off 14) also chipped in with valuable contributions as Rajasthan posted a massive 193/8 on the board in their allotted 20 overs.

Hundreds by England players in IPL:

Kevin Pietersen: 103* vs Deccan Chargers, 2012
Ben Stokes: 103* vs Gujarat Lions, 2017
Jonny Bairstow: 114 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 2019
Ben Stokes: 107* vs Mumbai Indians, 2020
Jos Buttler: 124 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2021
Jos Buttler: 100 vs Mumbai Indians 2022

“Obviously a great feeling and nice to contribute. I’m a bit nervous as it is hard to tell if it is a good score or not with the short boundary on one side. Mumbai always attack me with Bumrah, he’s one of the best bowlers in the world, and I find him hard to attack, and that (Thampi) over the leg-side boundary was short, and I decided to target that,” Buttler was quoted as saying after the first innings.

Here is how Twitter reacted:


— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 2, 2022

Incredible striking from @josbuttler !! I really like the way @rajasthanroyals are shaping up this season .. #IPL #India

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 2, 2022

Top player, top innings. Doesn’t get talked about as a T20 giant as much as he should #JosButtler.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 2, 2022

How’s the Jos.. high, very high sir!

A deadly display of batting by Jos Buttler, just like we all expect him to do. First century of IPL 2022. Heart goes out for for the bowlers who have to bowl him in such scorching heat. #MIvsRR

— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 2, 2022

Jos just knows how to Boss! 💯@josbuttler #RRvsMI #IPL2022

— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 2, 2022

After a tough winter in test cricket for England fans, there’s just something so therapeutic about watching Jos Buttler absolutely tonk a white ball.

— Adam Sutherland (@ADSutherland_) April 2, 2022

Will @josbuttler always score big against MI? #MIvRR #IPL2022

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 2, 2022

💜💥 JOS THE BOSS! Buttler is proving why he’s one of the best in the world in the shortest format right now!

📸 IPL • #JosButtler #MIvRR #RRvMI #IPL #IPL2022 #TATAIPL #BharatArmy

— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) April 2, 2022

Jos Buttler scored the first hundred in #IPL2022– what a knock, against a bowling unit lead by Jasprit Bumrah – Jos, the boss of world cricket.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 2, 2022

Risk-free cricket and still very effective, that’s how Jos Buttler was. No wonder he is one of the best white-ball cricketer at the moment. @rajasthanroyals #RRvsMI #MIvsRR

— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) April 2, 2022

Hat-trick robbed. Karun Nair must be thinking “sala playing eleven mai bhi nahi tha, aur ab ye guilt alag”. #IPL

— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 2, 2022

Shimron Hetmyer & jos buttler rn:#MIvsRR

— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) April 2, 2022

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