IPL: Buttler leads Rajasthan to exciting victory

  • IPL: Buttler leads Rajasthan to exciting victory

IPL: Buttler leads Rajasthan to exciting victory

The Buttler did it: Englishman Jos Buttler is in remarkable form, scoring his fourth half century in a row - a feat matched only by Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag in the IPL - his most recent knock of 95no from just 60 balls proving vital in keeping his side alive in the competition.

Royals remain sixth on the table with 10 points off 11 games, but three teams are locked on 10 points. Courtesy a late flurry from Sam Billings and sneaky doubles from MS Dhoni, CSK reached a good score of 176 for 4. Once again it was Jos Buttler's heroics that handed the Royals two points crucial levelling them with Mumbai and Kolkata at five wins.

Archer, Unadkat and Gowtham might be a handful in local condition but as it can be inferred, CSK's supreme batting abilities might get them across any team on any given day. He even thanked Rajasthan Royals and Rajasthan government for supporting the cancer awareness campaign as RR sportied a pink-cyan-burgundy jersey for the cause. His innings began with three straight boundaries off of countryman David Willey before smashing 14 runs - including a six - off the ensuing Harbhajan over. Prior to this, Raidu scored a run of 12 runs. The fifth boundary was a short arm pull over midwicket off Ben Stokes.

He was the only spinner among the three employed to keep the strokeplayers in check for one for 29 in four overs.

While Stokes didn't really contribute much up the order, Buttler did the major part of the work. Ajinkya Rahane guided a Ravindra Jadeja delivery to first slip to be out for four. He too nearly caught Buttler off his own bowling.

MS Dhoni's men are heading into the match on the back of a five-day break.

Stuart Binny's 22 off 17 balls and Krishnappa Gowtham's (13) four-ball cameo including two sixes helped the chase, though they fell close to the finish line.

K. Goutham lashed two sixes in the 19th over before being dismissed, as the home team won with one ball to spare. Raina, who stepped in at No 3 after Ambati Rayudu's early dismissal, stood tall against the ineffective Royals bowlers.

The opener's fall saw Raina joining Watson in the middle and the duo helped Chennai recover from the early blow taking their side past the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs.

Suresh Raina and Shane Watson then took over the mantle and went after RR bowlers especially Raina who looked in good touch.

CSK waited patiently and then unleashed their fury on the Royals bowlers. Suresh Raina had top-scored with 52 off 35 balls, with fours and sixes at a premium. Raina and Watson rotated the strike well and did not restrain themselves from going big.

"Definitely [the best innings I've played in the IPL]".