Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals
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English pick Jos Buttler continued his red-form with the bat, firing Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a must-win clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Jaipur on Friday (May 11) night.

Chasing 177, the Royals sprung a huge surprise by promoting Ben Stokes as an opener. However, unlike his compatriot Jos Buttler, Stokes failed to deliver as he was castled by Harbhajan Singh for just 11.

However, wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler had fired on all cylinders from one end and so the score was 48 when Stokes departed. Five runs later, Ravindra Jadeja struck, removing Ajinkya Rahane.

Buttler soon completed his fifty off just 26 balls. It was Buttler’s fourth fifty on the trot.

The right-handed batsman Butter with Sanju Samson helped Royals recover from two quick setbacks. At the end of the tenth over, the scoreboard was reading 88 for two.

But just when it looked the duo settled well, a miscommunication resulted in Samson getting run-out.

Shardul Thakur then sent back Prashant Chopra cheaply to help Super Kings claw their way back. The equation was finally down to 55 off 30 deliveries. Stuart Binny and Buttler added 55 runs for the fifth wicket before the former departed when the Royals needed 31 off 14 balls.

The equation was finally down to 12 off just six balls and Buttler did it with a ball remaining. He remained unbeaten on 95 off 60 balls.

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Earlier in the game, Suresh Raina’s fifty helped the Super Kings post a challenging 176 for four.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to bat first on a tricky wicket backfired initially. In-form Ambati Rayudu was castled by Jofra Archer for just 12. However, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina did not let Royals capitalise on the good start. The duo steadied the ship and laid the foundation for a good total.

At the end of the powerplay, the score was 55 for one.

Royals then tightened up the noose and conceded just nine runs off the two overs after the powerplay. Watson then hit Ish Sodhi for two sixes in the ninth over to break the shackles.

At the end of the tenth over, the Super Kings were placed at 90 for one. Royals then took command of the proceedings by dismissing both Watson and Raina in quick succession – to leave them reeling at 119 for three. Watson departed after scoring 39 while Raina scored 52 off 35 balls.

Dhoni and Sam Billings then took the innings forward. The duo added 55 runs for the fourth wicket to guide the visitors to a good total.

Buttler broke the stand, by running Sam Billings out in the last over. The England star scored 27 while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 33.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings of Rajasthan Royals:

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