IPL 2022, Match 34 DC vs RR, Stats Review: Jos Buttler shatters flurry of records with second consecutive century
Buttler became only the second batter after Shikhar Dhawan to slam back-to-back centuries in the history of the IPL.
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Jos Buttler continued his purple patch, slamming his fourth IPL century and third this season as the Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in Match 34 of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Buttler’s outrageous form grabbed all the limelight yet again as the power-hitter scored 116 runs off just 65 deliveries with nine fours and as many maximums.
Speaking about how the encounter panned out, Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to field first. Both the sides went into the match with the same playing XI from the last game. Buttler began from where he left off as he became only the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to hit back-to-back centuries in IPL history.
His opening partner Devdutt Padikkal notched up a 35-ball half-century while skipper Sanju Samson also joined the party, scoring uneaten 46 runs off 19 balls, which included five fours and three sixes. RR posted 222/2 in their allotted 20 overs, the highest total this season. Khaleel Ahmed leaked 47 runs with one wicket in his four overs spell while Kuldeep Yadav gave away 40 runs in just three overs.
DC openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner got the team off to a good start but the latter got dismissed for 28 runs. Shaw also managed only 37 runs with Sarfaraz Khan amassing just one run. Captain Pant mustered 44 runs off 24 deliveries as Lalit Yadav scored 37 runs.
With 36 needed off the last over, Rovman Powell hammered three sixes off the first three balls against Obed McCoy but then controversy occurred as the third ball was not declared a no-ball which did look like one. The DC camp and especially skipper Pant lost their temper and got involved in a heated argument with the officials.
Powell was then dismissed with DC losing the encounter in a controversial manner. With this victory, RR moved to the top of the table with ten points while DC remained on sixth position with six points. For another mind-boggling century, Jos Buttler won the Player of the Match award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 34 between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2022:
2 – Jos Buttler became the second batter to register back-to-back centuries in IPL history. Shikhar Dhawan achieved the feat in the 2020 edition.
2 – Buttler registered his second-highest score (116) in the IPL. His best is 124, which came against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2021.
2 – Buttler became only the second batter to smash three or more hundreds in an IPL season. Virat Kohli struck four tons in the 2016 edition.
32 – Buttler has now smashed the most sixes for RR in an IPL edition (32). Sanju Samson struck 26 maximums in the 2020 season.
150 – David Warner completed 150 catches in T20 cricket.
1 – Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal scripted the highest opening partnership (155) for RR in the history of the IPL. The previous highest was 144 by Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2015.
2 – Buttler is now joint-second as an overseas player with Watson and Warner for hitting most centuries (4) in the IPL. Chris Gayle is on top with six hundreds.
1 – RR registered the highest team score (222/2) in IPL 2022. The previous highest (217/5) was also by RR against Kolkata Knight Riders.
2 – Prasidh Krishna scripted his second-best bowling figures, 3/22 in the IPL.
2 – Buttler is now joint-second with Samson for hitting most sixes (9) in an innings for RR. Samson had hit nine against CSK in 2020. No. 1 on the list is also Samson, who slammed 10 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2018.
1 – Butter recorded the highest individual score (116) in IPL 2022. The previous best was 103* by KL Rahul against Mumbai Indians.
1 – Buttler and Padikkal also scripted the highest partnership (155) for any wicker for RR. The previous highest was 152* by Ben Stokes and Samson against Mumbai Indians in 2020
5035 – Samson reached the landmark of 5000 runs in the T20 matches.
1 – Buttler is now the overseas batter with the most centuries (3) in an IPL season. Chris Gayle and Shane Watson both slammed two tons in the year 2011 and 2018 respectively.
2021 – Padikkal completed the milestone of 2000 runs in the T20 games.
250 – Sanju Samson reached 250 fours in the IPL.