Buttler, spinners help Royals climb up the table
Super Kings crashed to the bottom of the points table after another feeble effort with the bat
9:43pm And that is all from our coverage tonight. Good night and see you tomorrow.
Buttler: We let a couple of games slip so it's nice to win tonight. I tried to come out with a bit of intensity with my batting, something I felt I didn't have last match. I felt more comfortable at the crease. It was a nice feeling. In T20 cricket you can kick yourself for bad form because you never play too many balls, but you have to trust yourself. [No. 5 position] If we win it's good. Nah, I'm happy to bat wherever the team needs me.
Jos Buttler is the Man of the Match.
Smith: The wicket was stoppy, wasn't easy for batting. Strange game but nice to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled pretty well in the powerplay and the spinners did a goood job in the middle with their leggies and googlies and squeezing. Shreyas last two years has been sensational for us and Tewatia this year whether batting, bowling or fielding, has done the job. Buttler's innings took the pressure off me at the other end. It was a really good innings on a wicket that wasn't the easiest. [The LBW review] no I didn't know I'd edged it! Jos said he heard it and some guys off the field too.
Jofra: It's nice with the wicket as it is, with the grass. It's a bit difficult, especially in the bubble, because sometimes you struggle for motivation. But you have to do it because you haven't done it in a few months. You have to take care of your body and it'll take care of you. I do mostly core, you don't lift heavy weights in the middle of competition. Light weights on the core and you're good. [On the Curran battle] After the second over, I asked him if he plans to nick one.
MSD: There was a bit for the fast bowlers and the reason I brought Jadeja was to see how much it was stopping and it didn't as much as the first innings. So I went with the fast bowlers. I don't think the spinners got as much bite. It's not always supposed to go your way. We have to see if the process was wrong. Result is a by-product of the process, but the fact still remains that if you're focused on the process then the undue pressure of result doesn't enter the dressing room. We're trying to address that. You don't want to do too much chop and change because after 3-4-5 games you won't be sure of anything. Insecurity is something you don't want to prevail in the dressing room. It's fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren't there. Maybe we didn't see as much spark from some of our youngsters. Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure.
Gautam: "This is a stunning innings by Buttler. Look at the strike rates, no one who got to double figures batted at more than 120, ans he stroke at 145 without taking risks. An absolute masterclass"
Ebin: "No real intent when csk batted and that has not only cost them his match but the whole tournament as well "
Emanuel Raj: "Really really disheartening to hear MS talking about no spark in youngsters in the squad. Jagadeeshan showed more intent in one match and even scored much better than Jadhav in whole tournament including this match. I never thought I would hear such words from Dhoni the leader."
9:22pm Rajasthan Royals are up to fifth place now. They're the first team to pull away from the six-point club in the bottom half of the table and that means they vault from last place right up to fifth. For CSK, this could be the beginning of the end. They can only get to a maximum of 14 points from here, and it would take some monumental errors from the likes of KKR and MI and RCB for 14 points to be enough for a playoff place. It remains the same story as it was at the start of the season. Their batting is woefully misfiring. For Rajasthan as well, some familiar batting problems resurfaced at the start of the chase, but they were taken home masterfully from Buttler at No. 5 who seemed to be the only batsman who had no trouble at all on a two-paced surface.
Three overs of spin and hardly a ball that has turned away. The pitch sliding on nicely. Here's Thakur again.