Jos Buttler welcomes Riley Meredith: The English batsman punished the rookie Australian bowler by hitting as many as four consecutive boundaries.
During the fourth match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings in Mumbai, Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler punished Punjab Kings fast bowler Riley Meredith on his IPL debut.
Introduced into the attack as the second change bowler in the fifth over, Meredith’s express pace didn’t work in his favour as Buttler hit him for as many as four consecutive boundaries.
Having elegantly drove Meredith down the ground on the first delivery, Buttler cut him for another boundary on the second ball. While the third boundary came through the fine leg region, the last one was hit through the covers as Buttler started on a perfect note in a 222-run chase.
Meredith, who gave 18 runs in his first IPL over, was even more expensive then Jhye Richardson as the other debutant had conceded 13 in his maiden IPL over.
With Rajasthan losing their openers cheaply, the onus of a gigantic chase is doubtlessly on captain Sanju Samson and Buttler. After Samson won the toss and invited Punjab in to bat earlier, they posted 221/6 in 20 overs on the back of individual half-centuries from captain Lokesh Rahul (91) and batsman Deepak Hooda (64).
Jos Buttler welcomes Riley Meredith by hitting four fours in IPL 2021
— Naveen Kancharana (@prabhas3) April 12, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) April 12, 2021
Inauspicious start for Meredith in IPL 2021.
Buttler creams four fours off his first four deliveries. #RRvsPBKS
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 12, 2021
Trial by fire for young Riley Meredith in his first IPL match. Buttler’s taking him to the cleaner’s
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 12, 2021
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