The first Test match was played in 1877 – well over 300 years after the first known/undisputed game of cricket was played in Guildford, Surrey.
Buttler joined Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Shane Watson and Rajat Patidar as the sixth batsman to score a century in the IPL Play Offs, his latest century was the 13th instance of a RR batsman scoring an IPL century.
Right-armer Prasidh Krishna and left-armer Obed McCoy bowled impressively to finish with six wickets between them and conceded a combined total of just 45 runs in their eight overs with the West Indian giving one run more than his Indian team-mate.
Buttler was there from start till end to not only anchor RR’s pursuit of 158 target after his pace bowling team-mates Prasidh Krishna (3 for 22) and Obed McCoy (3 for 23) did well to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 157 for eight
LSG ought to have curtailed RCB to under 200 had they held onto their catches and been a little more disciplined in the outfield. Patidar, who became IPL 2022’s fourth centurion was lucky to have three ‘lives’ in his 112 not out that came off only 54 deliveries.
Patidar had never scored a T20 hundred before. His highest score in 37 previous T20s was 96 for Madhya Pradesh against Goa in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January 2021.
Patidar’s maiden T20 century, let alone his maiden IPL hundred in only his 11th match and second season with RCB, took his team to 207 for four after LSG won the toss and inserted the opposition in.
Miller had none other than his captain Hardik Pandya to finish it for Titans, notching up a comfortable seven-wicket victory after chasing down Rajasthan Royals’ 188 for six to win with three deliveries to spare.
After a string of ordinary performances, Buttler came back to his run-scoring form, scoring 89 runs in 56 balls with 12 fours and two sixes, all in vain in the end though.
Miller put on a show to steal what might have been Buttler's night with some brilliant power hitting to take the Gujarat Titans to just a win away from the IPL trophy.
The accused, Mrinank Singh, is also a cricketer, having represented Haryana's under-19 team. He was also listed for the auction of the 2018 edition of the IPL.
Miller acknowledges that his success in this season of the cricket tournament is due to the full backing of his team.
Livingstone remained unbeaten on 49, scoring at a strike rate of nearly 223, smashing five sixes and two fours.
It was disciplined bowling by PBKS that did not allow SRH, who chose to bat after acting captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss, to race away to a tall score.
The T20I series against South Africa is set to begin on June 9 in New Delhi. And the fifth and final Test of the series against England is scheduled to take place between July 1-5 in Edgbaston.
"Thank you, Mumbai, we will remember this one," said Virat Kohli after Royal Challengers Bangalore sneeked into the playoffs following Mumbai Indians' thrilling five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in their last game of the IPL in Mumbai.
Mumbai's chase began with another failure by skipper Rohit Sharma, who scored 2 off 13
"We now understand what the personality of the team is, what our performance flow is as a team and how each guy performs at his best." - Gary Kirsten on the Gujarat Titans
Former India wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya speaks on the challenges of IPL coaching and nurturing young talent.
With this, the 40-year-old Dhoni put to rest speculations around his participation in the lucrative league next season.
Analysts blamed the correction on concerns over the team leadership among others.
Making an impression as a left-arm pacer in his first season of IPL, Mohsin took a wicket in each of his first two overs, giving away only six runs in them.
A brilliant unbeaten 140 in an unseparated 210-run opening partnership with his skipper KL Rahul silenced all his detractors.
Malik, it has to be said, provided the turning points for SRH, though the same could have gone to Tim David and his fireworks had the result gone against SRH.