IPL 2018: Jos Buttler Pyrotechnics Help Rajasthan Royals Sink Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals rode on a heroic batting effort by Englishman Jos Buttler to edge out Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four wickets in a nail-biting IPL 2018 encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. The MS Dhoni-led CSK trail league leaders SunRisers Hyderabad by four points. Rajasthan are sixth in the 10-team table with 10 points from 11 matches and their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs are still alive.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat. (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
Jofra Archer drew first blood for Rajasthan Royals by dismissing the in-form Ambati Rayudu in the third over.
Suresh Raina and Shane Watson shared an 81-run partnership to help Chennai Super Kings cross 100-run mark in 11.1 overs.
Suresh Raina slammed his third fifty of the ongoing IPL edition in 32 balls.
MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 33 runs off 23 balls, hitting a boundary and a six.
MS Dhoni and Sam Billings (27 off 22) forged a 55-run partnership that helped CSK reach a fighting total of 176/4.
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes began Rajasthan Royals' chase of 177 on a bright note.
Ben Stokes looked in good touch before Harbhajan Singh rattled the Englishman's stumps and sent him packing.
Jos Buttler brought up his fourth consecutive fifty and continued to defy the CSK bowlers even as wickets fell at the other end.
Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 95 off just 60 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and a couple of sixes along the way.
Jos Buttler batted through the innings to help Rajasthan overhaul a stiff 177-run target with just one ball to go.