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IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances: Krishna 3-22, Buttler 116 help RR win despite last over drama

IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances: Jos Buttler's 116, Prasidh Krishna 3-22 and Sanju Samson's 46* are the top three performances. RR beat DC and move to top of the points table.

IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances_ Jos Buttler scores his third century (116 runs) of IPL 2022, RR beat DC and move to top of points table _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Jos Buttler scores his third century (116 runs) of IPL 2022 (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Brief Scores: RR 222-2 (Buttler 116, Padikkal 54, Khaleel 1-47) beat DC 207/8 (Pant 44, Shaw 37, Krishna 3-22) by 15 runs

Player of the Match, RR vs DC: Jos Buttler (116 runs in 65 balls).

Delhi Capitals (DC), after their all-round performance despite the off-field Covid issues, were up against the in form Rajasthan Royals (RR), who were placed third in the points table, at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday evening.

The two sides were tied at a 12-12 margin in head-to-head encounters; even though, since 2019 RR had gained just one victory against DC.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant, on winning the toss, opted to filed first. Both teams were going with an unchanged XI for the contest.

Rajasthan Royals held their nerve to edge out Delhi Capitals

Just few minutes after after deciding to bowl first, Pant might be thinking of going back to the past and changing his decision as both the Royals openers - Devdutt Padikkal and Jos Buttler - after a shaky start, went berserk later to hammer the DC bowlers all around the park.

The 155-run opening partnership got broken when Padikkal was dismissed for 54 but Buttler carried on to register his third century this season which also was his second consecutive century in IPL 2022. Later, Sanju Samson’s 46 off just 19 balls fired RR to the highest score of IPL, 222-2 after their 20 overs. The Royals are yet to lose an IPL game defending 200+.

Delhi Capitals did start well with 43 runs in just 4.3 overs but they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. At last, they did fire up as Rovman Powell hit three back-to-back sixes in the last over to bring some life in the end. But due to some off-field drama, DC lost the momentum and Rajasthan grabbed a 15-run victory to find themselves at the top of the points table.

Let’s scan the top three performances of the game RR vs DC, IPL 2022:

IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal added 155 runs for opening stand against Delhi, RR move to top of points table | Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI/IPL)
Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal added 155 runs for opening stand against Delhi (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Jos Buttler records his third century in IPL 2022; Devdutt Padikkal plays a good hand as well

Jos Buttler and scoring centuries has now become a new fairy tale in IPL 2022. The England player was just coming into the game refreshed from his 103 in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

He wasn’t having great numbers against the franchise with just 181 runs in eight innings but his show in the evening changed the equation totally. Buttler didn’t begin the day smoothly with just 11 off 14 balls but since smacking his first six, he went with the flow and brought up his fifty in just 36 balls.

The right-hander, whom RR retained for INR 10 crores, smashed left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav everywhere in the ground collecting 31 off 12 balls against him; before this contest, he had just 23 off 21 balls against Kuldeep.

In a blink of an eye, Buttler raised his bat for his third century of the season in just 57 balls. He became the first-ever player to score three 100s in the first half of an IPL season. In comparison with Virat Kohli in 2016, Buttler has now 58 more runs than Kohli after seven innings. Buttler has also joined Shikhar Dhawan in scoring back-to-back centuries in IPL innings.

The England wicketkeeper-batter was ably supported by Devdutt Padikkal who was doing the damage in the beginning when Buttler was taking his time. The left-hand opener also registered a half-century in just 31 balls to put up a 155-run opening partnership with Buttler to lay down a solid platform for RR.

IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances_ Prasidh Krishna's 3-22 helps Rajasthan beat Delhi Capitals and move to top of points table _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Prasidh Krishna's 3-22 helps Rajasthan beat Delhi Capitals (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Prasidh Krishna hurts Delhi with three crucial wickets and a wicket maiden penultimate over

The first job for Rajasthan was to break the electrifying opening combination of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw. Prasidh Krishna, who was roped in by RR for INR 10 crores, helped them with two vital wickets of Warner in the beginning and Rishabh Pant in the middle stage.

When Krishna came back for his second over, Warner welcomed him with two consecutive boundaries but the lanky fast bowler sent back the Australian courtesy an edge to wicketkeeper Samson. Before this game, the left-handed batter had just 15 runs against Krishna at run a ball with one dismissal.

Rishabh Pant, after the fall of a few more wickets, was looking good in the middle as DC added 52 run in just three overs. Krishna was summoned back again and with just his fourth ball, he got rid of the opponent captain, who in an attempt to club the bowler for a six ended up in the hands of Padikkal who took an excellently judged catch.

It was the maiden time Krishna got the batter of Pant, who had 24 unbeaten runs in 16 balls against the Karnataka bowler.

Coming into his last and 19th over of the game, defending 32, Krishna produced a wicket maiden over, dismissing Lalit Yadav on a personal score of 37 (24). The more important part was that Krishna delivered a maiden over when DC needed 36 runs off 12 deliveries and Lalit was looking solid in the middle. Krishna finished with 3-22 from his four overs and was easily the pick of the bowlers on Friday evening.

IPL 2022, DC vs RR, Top Performances_ Sanju Samson's 46 helps Rajasthan Royals set 223-run target, RR move to top of points table _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Sanju Samson's 19-ball-46 helps Rajasthan Royals set 223-run target against DC (Images ©BCCI/IPL)

Sensational Samson lights up the evening after Buttler-Padikkal show

After a huge 155-run opening partnership, Sanju Samson, the captain of RR, playing his 100th IPL game for the ‘Men in Pink’ arrived in the middle at number three. Since 2019, Samson had 109 runs in five innings against his ex-franchise.

Even though the whole evening mostly centred on Jos Buttler, the RR leader ended up playing a relatively unnoticed vital knock of 46 runs in just 19 balls, thanks to three sixes and five boundaries.

From the start, he didn’t waste a second to accelerate as he kept the run flow going. Till the end of the game, with some of his stunning shots, Samson took RR to 222-2, which is now the highest total this season.

TATA IPL 2022 Points Table

IPL 2022 Points Table, Rajasthan Royals move to the top
IPL 2022 Points Table, Rajasthan Royals move to the top

What’s to come

Saturday will see a double-header with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujrat Titans (GT) taking on each other in the afternoon at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai, after which fans will witness a southern derby with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) locking horns in the evening at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Here are some of the top twitter reactions from Jos Buttler's third century in IPL 2022 and RRvDC game:


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