Buttler’s game-breaking ton powers Rajasthan Royals to nail-biting win

Buttler’s match winning 100 takes the Royal’s to victory. Source (X)

‘Jos the Boss’ cracked a game-breaking ton to take Rajasthan Royals to a famous two-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. Despite Knight Riders being in a commanding position in the last seven overs of the game, it only took three overs for Buttler to shift gears and unleash his most destructive mode, as Royals won off the last ball of the game. Tonight’s game has served as a reminder to everyone that in cricket, it’s truly not over until it’s over!

Joss the boss takes the Royals home

After a period of relative calm in the middle overs, the Royals found themselves needing something extraordinary to secure victory. Just when all hope seemed lost, Buttler rose to the occasion.While he may not have seemed in top form during the initial and middle stages of the innings, Buttler’s decision to stay at the crease until the end proved to be crucial.

He sent the ball to all corners of Eden Gardens. He brought up yet another IPL century with a six over the top. Buttler left it until the very last ball to steer his side past the finish line in the most dramatic fashion. Once again, Buttler has proven why he is regarded so highly as a player. Rovman Powell played a cameo to help give the Royals the push they needed during this phase as well that supported Buttler.

Narine fires for KKR with a scintillating hundred but goes in vain

Narine has always been the Knight Riders’ dependable player, excelling with both bat and ball. However, tonight he took his performance to another level, electrifying Eden Gardens with a breathtaking 109 runs off just 56 deliveries. This innings marks Narine’s first century in the IPL, further solidifying his status as a cricketing powerhouse.

Notably, he has now become the only player in IPL history to achieve both a century and a five-wicket haul. While we’ve witnessed Narine’s aggressive batting in the past, tonight he appeared to be on a mission, attacking almost every delivery that came his way. His explosive start in T20 contests is always crucial, and Narine ensured that KKR was right in the contest from the very beginning.

Avesh impresses with the ball

This season, Avesh has emerged as one of Royal’s most dependable bowlers, showcasing versatility whether it’s bowling at the death or making early breakthroughs. His impact was evident in the match against Knight Riders, where he dismissed the in-form Phil Salt early with a stunning one-handed catch, putting pressure on their batting lineup from the outset.

In the fast-paced environment of the IPL, bowlers need to be clever and tactically astute, and Avesh demonstrated his game awareness once again by outsmarting the dangerous Andre Russell with a well-executed slower delivery. This timely wicket added a crucial break to the onslaught KKR was mounting.

Rana and Chakaravarthy’s tactical bowling in the middle overs

The Royals seemed to be cruising until the 8th over, with Riyan Parag and Jos Buttler settling in nicely. However, Harshit Rana bounced back strongly after conceding a six and a four in his first two balls of the second over, dismissing Parag with a well-executed change of pace. This breakthrough put the Knight Riders right back into the contest.

Following Parag’s dismissal, the run rate slowed down for the Royals, with mounting pressure on their batting line-up. Sensing an opportunity, Varun Chakaravarthy capitalized by taking two crucial wickets in a single over, including the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer. This double blow firmly placed KKR in the driver’s seat by the 13th over, swinging the momentum in their favor. The momentum did not last for too long.

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