Buttler’s unbeaten 92 helps Rajasthan Royals overcome Chennai Super Kings in nail-biter

Ajinkya Rahane-led unit register four-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings

Jos Buttler’s brilliant knock helped Rajasthan Royals in staying alive in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a four-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur on Friday. The day started with the visitor’s captain MS Dhoni winning the toss and opting to bat first in good conditions.

His decision looked a correct one as Chennai surpassed 100-run mark at the expense of just one wicket in 11 overs and 200 looked pretty much on the cards. However, once Shane Watson departed in the 12th over, the home side made a grand comeback and restricted the visitors to 176 for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Star of the show was left-hander Suresh Raina, who scored 52 off 35 balls with the help of six fours and one six.

He was well supported by all-rounder Watson, who scored 39 off 31 balls, including two fours and two sixes, and captain Dhoni, who scored 33 not out off 23 balls with the help of one four and one six. For the home side, pacer Jofra Archer claimed two, whereas leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed one wicket.

In reply, Rajasthan Royals sent a new opening pair of two Englishmen – wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler and all-rounder Ben Stokes. The decision worked as the home side got off to a cruising start and reached 48 inside the first four overs.

However, two wickets in quick succession brought Chennai back in the game. But from there on, it was just a pure Buttler show, who smashed 95 not out off just 60 balls to seal a four-wicket for his side on the second-last ball of the match. He was well-supported by Stuart Binny down the order, as he scored valuable 22 off 17 balls with the help of one four and one six.

For Chennai, David Willey, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja claimed one wicket each.

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