There are great balls and then there are destructive deliveries that leave batters clueless with the way they bamboozle them. A dominant Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener, Jos Buttler was reminded by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar what an unplayable yorker feels like as he was not only denied a ton but also left writhing on the ground.
RR continued to enthrall fans with the bat when they faced SRH at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Sunday as the hosts posted a mammoth total of 214/2 at the end of their 20 overs. While Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson played brilliant knocks, Jos Buttler was undeniably the star of the show with his third half-century in IPL 2023.
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Jos Buttler was at his fluent best, striking 10 boundaries and four sixes, and a sixth IPL century looked well inside his reach but Bhuvneshwar Kumar had different plans. Buttler, batting on 95 off 58 deliveries, was up against the SRH pacer with just 10 deliveries to go in the innings. The batter shuffled across the stumps in order to open up avenues down the leg side but had little clue of what was to follow.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar fired in a yorker straight into the blockhole, completely trapping his counterpart within the crease even as he tried to back up to make room for a shot. The Kookaburra thumped into Buttler’s shin, succumbing the veteran to the floor on all four limbs.
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While the 32-year-old took a moment to recover and get back to his feet, Bhuvi’s enthusiastic appeal was resoundingly rejected by the umpire but the undeterred pacer immediately opted for a review without consulting any of his teammates. Replays confirmed Bhuvneshwar’s suspicions and resigned Buttler to a slow walk back to the pavilion, well aware that the game would now be remembered not only for his audacious knock but also the shambolic way in which he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Jos Buttler:
The Tiwtterati was quick to heap praise on the exemplary displays of both individuals.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismisses Jos Buttler for the first time in the IPL.
Pretty ridiculous stat given how much he has troubled Buttler in all formats.
— Anuj Nitin Prabhu (@APTalksCricket) May 7, 2023
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Bro
You have made my day
— Yash Matta (@YashMatta03) May 7, 2023
Bhuvi confidence 🔥
— Ram ram setji (@Ajaykanna29) May 7, 2023
Buttler laid down on the floor
Courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar's Yorker
— Cricket🏏 Lover // ICT Fan Account (@CricCrazyV) May 7, 2023
Thank you very much Bhuvneshwar Kumar for not letting Jos Buttler get to his hundred, love you Bhuvi. 😍😍😍#RRvSRH
— Vipul Ghatol 🇮🇳 (@Vipul_Espeaks) May 7, 2023
What a delivery that was from Bhuvi 😱
Top quality yorker to dismiss monster buttler!!#RRvSRH
— Ramakrishna (@ark2037) May 7, 2023
BHUVI KUMAR OWNING CHUTLER THINGS WE LOVE TO SEE
— beteljuice // IPL era (@pleasechuphojaa) May 7, 2023