Jos Buttler, RR, CSK
Jos Buttler [Photo-Twitter]
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Rajasthan Royals [RR] have moved to the fifth spot in the points thanks to a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings [CSK] in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Chasing 126, Rajasthan Royals found themselves in a lot of trouble thanks to an early collapse ensued by Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood accounting for the likes of Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, and Sanju Samson.

Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings,RR, CSK
Jos Buttler and Steve Smith (Credits: IPL)

With the score reading 3-66 after 11 overs, it looked like the match would once again go down the wire. With Steve Smith struggling at the other end, RR needed Jos Buttler to take the run-chase by the scruff of its neck.

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Buttler started patiently, scoring 28 runs in.23 balls before he drove his innings into another gear after the 12th over, smashing 42 runs in just 24 balls to hand his side a seven-wicket win in the 18th over.

 

CSK once again showed no intent in the middle-late overs

Earlier, CSK started well in their innings with the likes of Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Sam Curran taking the attack to RR bowlers following the dismissal of Faf du Plessis.

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Watson and Curran upped the ante by taking on Karthik Tyagi. Watson smashed Tyagi for two boundaries in the 4th over but the fast bowler had the last laugh in the same over after the Australian chipped one straight to Rahul Tewatia at midwicket.

After the powerplay, normal services resumed for CSK as they slowed down considerably, leading to the dismissal of Sam Curran and Ambatk Rayudu.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja failed to up the ante in the next set of 10 overs as just 51 runs came in 7.4 overs before MSD was once again run-out on 28. Chennai scored just 36 runs in the last five overs, eventually finishing with 5-125 in 20 overs.

 

Here’s how IPL 2020 points table is looking after RR’s win over CSK-

IPL 2020 Points Table: RR Move To The 5th Spot; CSK Find Themselves At The Bottom Following A 7-Wicket Hammering

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