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In the Indian Premier League 2024, the Rajasthan Royals triumphed over the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in a thrilling match that saw the Royals extend their winning streak to four games. The match, held in Jaipur on April 6th, concluded with Rajasthan Royals achieving a six-wicket victory, finishing at 189/4 in 19.1 overs in response to RCB’s 183/3.

Jos Bulter’s 100th IPL Game

Jos Buttler, celebrating his 100th IPL game, was the star of the night with a brilliant undefeated century from just 58 balls, securing victory with a six in the final over. His return to form was highlighted by his and Sanju Samson’s 148-run partnership for the second wicket, the highest for the season. This outpaced a significant 125-run opening stand between RCB’s Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis earlier in the game.

Kohli’s Lone Stand: Scoring a Gritty Century in a Losing Cause

Kohli, on the other hand, displayed his batting prowess by scoring 113 not out, marking his eighth century in the IPL, albeit in a losing effort. This was his slowest century, achieved in 67 balls, but it still dominated RCB’s innings as they ended up setting a total that was just shy of competitive, mainly due to lack of significant contributions from other batters.

Buttler and Samson Exploit RCB’s Spin Weakness

Buttler’s innings was particularly lethal against the inexperienced RCB spinners, who struggled with their line and length, allowing Buttler and Samson to capitalise on their errors. Despite not taking any wickets in the powerplay, Rajasthan’s strategic use of their bowlers in the middle overs, especially Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin, who managed to maintain an economical rate, kept the game within their control.

Team Effort and Strategic Excellence Propel Royals to Victory Over Kohli-Dependent RCB

The Royals’ victory was not just about Buttler’s century; it was a comprehensive team effort where strategic bowling changes and calculated risks in batting paid off. RCB’s reliance on Kohli became evident as their other batters failed to step up, which has been a recurring theme in their defeats this season. This game highlighted the contrasting fortunes of the teams: one rising with collective effort and strategic brilliance, and the other struggling to find form and consistency.