Jos Buttler's master class chase keeps Rajasthan Royals in the hunt

Rajasthan Royals
 

Rajasthan Royals (177-6) defeat Chennai Super Kings (176-4) by 4 wickets courtesy Buttler’s sublime 95-run knock. This would now keep CSK waiting a bit longer to qualify for the Playoffs.

They said Jos Buttler is a very good finisher. He was slotted at No 4-5 for the very reason but failed to perform in the first half of the season. The tea management changed its mind and promoted him to the top of the order. He responded with 4 successive half centuries. In this match, he was just 5 short of a century when he got his team over the line. By the by, they still say Buttler is a very good finisher.

CSK Captain MS Dhoni was at his cheeky best at the toss as he said, “We will bat first. We had a high committee meeting and the coach said we should bat first.”

It was a rare failure for opener Ambati Rayudu (12) as he chopped on in an attempt to cut a quick delivery from Jofra Archer (4-42-2). Suresh Raina then joined hands with Shane Watson (39, 31b) to form a solid base for CSK.

In a 86-run partnership that followed, Raina was the aggressor. He was back to his vintage self with 52 runs off 35 balls.

Once Raina and Watson got out, Billings (27, 22b) and Dhoni (33, 23b) took the mantle forward. The pitch was not easy for on the rise shots as the batsmen struggled to club the ball out of the park. Courtesy a late flurry from Sam Billings and sneaky doubles from MS Dhoni, CSK reached a good score of 176 for 4.

Considering the dry nature of the Jaipur wicket, the score was par, if not 5 or 10 runs more than it.

Rajasthan, who have not settled with their line up till now, sent Ben Stokes (11) to open the batting along with compatriot Jos Buttler (95*). While Stokes got out early, Buttler looked set for a big one.

Wickets kept tumbling at one end, with some notable contributions from Sanju Samson (21) and Stuart Binny (22). All rounder Krishnappa Gowtham (13, 4b) hit a couple of sixes of David Willey’s (4-47-1) penultimate over to bring down the equation to 12 off the last over to be bowled by Dwayne Bravo (3.5-31-1).

Buttler kept his cool and powered RR to victory with a ball to spare.

Rajasthan remain in the hunt with this 4-wicket victory.

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