Player of the Match
Player of the Match
217dThe Report by Sreshth Shah

Buttler keeps Royals relevant in race to playoffs

In a game that Rajasthan Royals had to win to stay in playoff contention, their opener Jos Buttler struck his fourth fifty in a row to seal a four-wicket final-over win against CSK

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JC Buttler
JC Buttler
95(60) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
13 8 2 16 20 4 12 20
SK Raina
SK Raina
52(35) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 3 8 3 14 12 2 5

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Archer
O4
M0
R42
W2
Eco10.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SN Thakur
O4
M0
R22
W1
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

11.50pm Dhoni: We were supposed to bowl one particular length. The bowlers were instructed what to bowl: back of a length. They could not execute. We were hit for a lot of boundaries off full balls. 176 was a par-plus score, the bowlers let us down. Looking at the XI, that was a good fielding effort. This is the best this XI can do. We just don't want to qualify, we just want to win it.

Rahane: It is all about giving your best, win or lose. Credit goes to Jos batting up the order. The wicket is not easy to bat and KG's sixes were crucial. I was nervous but I had to control my emotions. The way he handled the spinners was too good. Gowtham is spending a lot of time with Stokes, Jos, and Warnie. With the bat, he has been fantastic. Playing against Mumbai in Mumbai, we know how dangerous they are. We have nothing to lose. We have to win three out of three.

Buttler, Player of the Match: Definitely, especially in the IPL (your finest T20 innings?) I have hit my straps and it's always special when you're not out. As we've seen, the wicket plays very well in the first six overs. Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you feel it's two hits. You just try to hold yourself, and my family is here, and it's special to perform when my mum, wife, aunt, and uncle are here.

Gowtham: We just wanted to take it deep and Jos did it. We were playing on the same pitch and it was running on my mind. Things are going fine. It's nothing to worry.

Vishal Pawar: "Dhoni should be disappointed with himself too, he dropped that match when he let Buttler go off his gloves."

Arjun: "People keep saying "very rarely do you see Dhoni angry" but lately he's been very transparent with his emotions, in terms of expressions, gestures, and words. "Captain cool" is getting hot :)"

Dhaval S : "There's going to be some Stern talk in the dressing room from Dhoni. Rarely he displays his emotions and when he does, it's trouble times in the dressing room."

Jasir: "CSK and last over finishes. The love story is one to behold."

That's all we have for you from this game. Goodbye and good night for now.

19.5
2
Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, Buttler has done it for Royals! He is mobbed by his team-mates. He is now embraced by his England team-mate Ben Stokes. Slower and fuller outside off, Buttler slices it to Watson at cover. Watson has a shy at the non-striker's end despite Buttler making his crease. He concedes an overthrow. Game, set, and match for Royals. Dhoni shakes his head. Sums up the night for CSK
19.4
6
Bravo to Buttler, SIX runs, length ball outside off, another slower ball, Buttler waits for it and slugs it over midwicket for six. Buttler manufactures his own pace. Gowtham lets out a cathartic roar in the dug out
19.3
2
Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, slower ball outside off, Buttler goes deep in the crease and skies it to short midwicket. Bravo collapses in his followthrough and does not go for the catch. Dhoni isn't pleased

Down to 10 off 4 balls

Dhaval : "Very rarely you see Dhoni angry. He was not happy for the entire over that Willey bowled. Could read on Dhoni's face. "

19.2
2
Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, back of a length, slower ball on off, 135ks, dragged to wide long-on for two
19.1
0
Bravo to Buttler, no run, slower one dips outside off, 116ks, Buttler slogs early to the leg side and only collects fresh air

Royals need 12 off the last over. DJ v Buttler and Archer.

manikanta Reddy: "And Goutham played a blinder.Time n again he plays the game changing innings.All of a sudden now it's advantage Royals."

END OF OVER:
19 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | RR: 165/6 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.68, RRR: 12.00)

  • Jos Buttler83 (55b)
  • David Willey4-0-47-1
  • Dwayne Bravo3-0-19-1
18.6
W
Willey to Gowtham, OUT, Willey hits a hard length outside off. Gowtham throws his bat at the ball and edges it behind. Dhoni snags the catch. Gowtham walks back for 13 off 4. He has set it up for Buttler and Archer

K Gowtham c †Dhoni b Willey 13 (4b 0x4 2x6) SR: 325.00

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st48JC ButtlerBA Stokes
2nd5AM RahaneJC Buttler
3rd46JC ButtlerSV Samson
4th10JC ButtlerP Chopra
5th37STR BinnyJC Buttler
6th19JC ButtlerK Gowtham
7th12JC ButtlerJC Archer