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IPL 2024: Rajasthan edges past Kolkata with Buttler’s unbeaten 107 outshining Narine’s century

In a thrilling Indian Premier League match, Jos Buttler led Rajasthan Royals to a stunning two-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders, chasing down a record target with his sensational unbeaten century. Sunil Narine’s maiden T20 hundred was not enough to stop Buttler’s brilliance as Rajasthan pulled off a remarkable win at the Eden Gardens. The match witnessed high-scoring fireworks from both teams.

Buttler’s unbeaten 107 off 60 balls overshadowed Narine’s 49-ball hundred, guiding Rajasthan Royals to a successful chase of 224/8. Despite a collapse in the middle overs, Buttler’s heroics, along with Rovman Powell’s quickfire 26, sealed the victory. Narine’s all-round display, with two wickets and a catch, was impressive, but Buttler’s century powered Rajasthan to the joint-highest successful chase.

Rajasthan Royals, struggling at 121/6, found hope in Buttler and Powell’s partnership as they launched a counterattack. Buttler’s second century of the season, along with Parag’s brisk 34, kept Rajasthan in the hunt. A late collapse threatened their chase, but Buttler’s determination steered them to a thrilling win despite physical discomfort.

Chasing a daunting target, Rajasthan bolstered their batting with Buttler as an Impact Substitute after early setbacks. Buttler’s century, complemented by Parag’s explosive partnership, revived Rajasthan’s chase. Despite losing wickets in clusters, Buttler’s resilience and late heroics guided Rajasthan to a historic victory, maintaining their top position in the IPL standings.

Narine’s aggressive knock of 109 and Raghuvanshi’s brisk 30 propelled Kolkata Knight Riders to a challenging total of 223/6. Despite some quick wickets, Narine’s power-hitting dominated Rajasthan’s bowlers. Boult’s crucial dismissal of Narine ended KKR’s innings at 223, setting up a thrilling run chase.

In a nail-biting finish, Buttler’s brilliant century sealed the win for Rajasthan Royals as they pulled off the joint-highest successful chase in IPL history. Despite KKR’s strong bowling efforts, Buttler’s exceptional innings proved to be the difference-maker in a high-scoring encounter. The match showcased a thrilling display of T20 cricket with Buttler emerging as the standout performer, leading his team to victory.

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