The Buttler boom, and Chennai slowdown

The Buttler boom, and Chennai slowdown

On the contrary, Rajasthan Royals have been too reliant on opener Jos Buttler, who has hit three half-centuries on the trot.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) will host Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 43 match of the IPL 2018, on May 11.

Although Rajasthan remain sixth, a second victory on the bounce keeps them in touch on 10 points, with only run-rate separating them from fourth-placed Mumbai Indians. He then took a tight single on the fifth delivery, with Shane Watson, fielding at cover, having a chance to catch Buttler short of his crease with a direct hit.

Raina reached his 45th T20 fifty off the next legal delivery, but perished trying to accelerate in the 13th.

On a pitch that offered a lot of turn for the spinners, the trio of K Gowtham, Ankit Sharma and Ish Sodhi (1/29) did not come good for Royals.

The Royals struggled to find someone to partner the free-flowing Buttler with wickets falling at regular intervals, keeping CSK in the contest. Since 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore have worn a green jersey at least once every year to promote their "Go Green" initiative.

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With 12 needed of the final and Buttler at the crease RR sniffed chance for victory and in the end the England worldwide managed to hit the winning runs for the side. Sodhi and Stokes both went for under eight per over. Stuart Binny departed for 22 off 17 balls, hitting a four and a six as Buttler continued to fight on at the other end. But, Buttler joined that list on Friday by producing his highest-score of the tournament. During this time, he scored a total of two boundaries. Farm he did, but he also found the boundary on six of those 12 balls, and raced away to 27 off 12.

Harbhajan Singh remained economical, while Ravindra Jadeja finally made his presence felt in this season. All those runs came in the penultimate over as he smashed Willey for two sixes.

However, the pace trio of Lungi Ngidi, David Willey and Shardul Thakur need to shoulder more responsibility upfront in the absence of injured Deepak Chahar. Gowtham perished off the final ball of the 19th, but his four-ball blitz had done the job.

The Buttler did it: Englishman Jos Buttler is in remarkable form, scoring his fourth half century in a row - a feat matched only by Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag in the IPL - his most recent knock of 95no from just 60 balls proving vital in keeping his side alive in the competition.

Needing 12 off the last over, Royals nearly saw their hopes slip after scoring just four off the first three balls of Dwayne Bravo.

However, both these franchises are coming into this match on the back of wins from their last encounters.

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