‘India needed 48 off 18 vs Pakistan, RR needed 46’: Jos Buttler gets Virat Kohli stamp after miracle IPL century | Crickit

‘India needed 48 off 18 vs Pakistan, RR needed 46’: Jos Buttler gets Virat Kohli stamp after miracle IPL century

Apr 17, 2024 02:44 PM IST

Rajasthan Royals found similarities between Virat Kohli's knocks against Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2022 and Jos Buttler's century against KKR in IPL 2024.

Table toppers Rajasthan Royals pulled off a dramatic last-ball victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders registering the joint-highest successful run-chase in the history of IPL on Tuesday. KKR posted a gigantic 224 runs on the board which the Royals managed to chase after a swashbuckling ton from their opener Jos Buttler.

Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler and Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli (IPL-X)
Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler and Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli (IPL-X)

After their thrilling win, RR shared an intriguing post on their X handle where they highlighted their low win percentage at one point of the match. During the middle of their chase, RR had a meagre 1.02% possibility to win. The Royals captioned the post, “Never. Give. Up.”

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The inaugural edition winners found themselves in a headlock right from the beginning of the run-chase after losing opener Yashaswi Jaiswal and skipper Sanju Samson cheaply in the powerplay. Riyan Parag looked to break the shackles but could only manage to score 34 off 14 balls as he was dismissed in the eighth over. The situation worsened for RR as they lost Ravichandran Ashwin and Shimron Hetmyer in the 13th over where the latter went for a duck.

Amidst the crumbling RR batting line-up, a resilient Jos Buttler kept himself going from the other end despite being injured. At 128/6, the Englishman had it all on his shoulders to chase down 96 runs with only 36 balls to spare, something which was never done before in the IPL.

Buttler traversed the length and breadth of the dramatic run chase as he narrowed the deficit to just nine runs required off six balls. At the last ball, with a run still required, Buttler got the much-important single and celebrated with a roar. His remarkable knock included 9 fours and 6 sixes.

The right-hander, during the post-match presentation, talked about how he had taken a leaf out of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s book by staying in the middle till the end regardless of the result. “We have seen Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni staying till the end and finishing the matches. I just applied the same tonight,” he said.

Another tweet by the Royals quoted Buttler’s statement as they compared their formidable performance with India’s epic run chase against Pakistan at the T20 World Cup in 2022 where Virat Kohli’s robust knock propelled India to victory. The tweet mentioned how the Indian team required 48 runs in the last three overs similar to RR’s 46 runs on Wednesday.

Kohli smashed Haris Rauf for a couple of sixes in the penultimate over of the match when Idnia needed 28 to off 8 balls. Kohli hit another six in the last over before R Ashwin hit the winning runs.

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