England stars lead Rajasthan Royals to victory over Chennai Super Kings
England’s Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer led the Rajasthan Royals to a 7-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL this evening.
Buttler was the star man for the Royals, coming in at no.5 and hitting an unbeaten 70, to steady the nerves alongside captain Steve Smith and take the Royals to victory after having lost three early wickets. His performance earned him the Dream11 GameChanger of the Match.
Stokes, opening the batting, knocked 19 off 11 balls before hitting the ball onto his stumps off a fine delivery by Deepak Chahar as the Royals chased 125 set by the Super Kings.
Archer bowled well with figures of 1-20 off four overs, including grabbing the opening wicket of the game of Faf du Plessis. Archer now has the joint fourth most wickets (13) and the most dot balls (120) in what has been a sensational tournament for the fast bowler.
The win moves the Royals up to fifth in the IPL standings as they push for the play-offs with four fixtures remaining.
Jos Buttler said after the game: “We have let a couple of games slip in the last two fixtures, so it is nice to get the win on the board tonight. I tried to come out with a bit of intensity in my batting and managed to get a couple away and feel more comfortable at the crease.
“In T20 cricket you can kick yourself that you’re not in good form because you never really face many balls or spend lots of time in the middle, you just have to keep trusting yourself.
“I am happy to bat wherever the team needs me, (batting at no.5) is where we are going at the minute, so I’m happy to do the job.”
The Royals are appealing to England fans to join their ranks of supporters with Tom Curran also part of the squad.