Buttler's latest knock against the Chennai Super Kings was arguably the best among the lot given that it had several fluctuations as the situation demanded, and him coming out in triumph each time.
Opening the innings with Stokes, Buttler went on to smash an unbeaten 95 to anchor Rajasthan's chase in Jaipur against IPL heavyweights Chennai. Ben Stokes got out early but the partnership between him and Buttler brought in 48 runs for the team. With three half centuries in last three innings, Buttler will open the innings for the team and would look for support in batsmen like skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson who have remained quite in last couple of matches now. And then with two needed off two, Buttler cut the ball to cover point and collected the two more - courtesy overthrows - to seal Royals' fifth win in 11 games.
RR vs CSK match today will see CSK going into the match looking to make that second spot their own and move closer to sealing a playoff spot, things will be extremely tough for RR at home.
Buttler, such as his done later shooting up responsibilities for Rajasthan, yet again gave his group a start.
Rajasthan remain in the hunt with this 4-wicket victory.
Aside from Buttler, Royals boast Ben Stokes in their ranks although his form so far has been not much to shout about - 174 runs in 10 innings and three wickets at 77 apiece!
Despite having seven wickets in hand, CSK managed only 45 runs in six overs and were pushing towards a below-par total, but Billings and Dhoni managed to eke out 12 off the 20th over to take CSK to 176. Hence it is predicted that Chennai Super Kings will win this match against Rajasthan Royals. David Willey remains itching to tee off on the sidelines. Is this the start of CSK comeback.
Spinner K Gowtham, who has bagged eight wickets from ten matches, came out with an impressive performance in the last outing and will need to repeat the show as the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has struggled against spinners this season. This has been a tournament to forget for the England all-rounder. Raidu, with 423 runs in 10 matches, is third in the list of highest run-getters in the current season.
IPL 2018 is reaching its last stage and on Friday, Rajasthan Royals kept their hopes alive with a four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.
CSK Captain MS Dhoni was at his cheeky best at the toss as he said, "We will bat first".
Talking about the drubbing they received at the hands of CSK in the first leg and the plan to stop the likes of Shane Watson, who have played here for long, Sodhi said conditions were different now.
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).
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