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
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
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.
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
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. "
back of a length, slower ball on off, 135ks, dragged to wide long-on for two
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."
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
Gowtham clears long-off. Pitched up and just a shade outside off, he gets under it and launches it straight over for six
Tanmay Dipankar: "Zaltan made a famous comment on his time in FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola " they bought a Ferrari and used as fiat " that fits for butler in RR team."
good length and sliding into the legs, right in his swinging arc, but Buttler loses his shape and drags an inside edge onto the pad. Slower one it was
K Shankar: "Wiley... YORKERS PLEASE"
full and outside off, slower one, opens the face and glides to short third man. Harbhajan makes a diving save
63% of Buttler's runs have come in the off side today. In his career until today he had scored 45% on the off.
short and slanted down leg, wide
Mid-off sent back, third man up again
Gowtham tees off with a first-ball six. Mid-off was just brought up and third man slid back. Length ball outside off, right in the slot, clears his front leg and smears it over for a six
length ball on off, hacked to long-on
Pradeep D: "Stage set for Gowtham"
Has Dhoni dropped this? Buttler shuffled across off even before the bowler delivered. He does not get enough bat on the scoop to fine leg. He tickles it away. Dhoni dives to his left and goes for the ball with one hand but it pops out. Replays suggest it carried to him. That's dropped
back of a length and angling into the hips, swatted to deep square leg for a double
DJ has Binny holing out off a knee-high full-toss. Drop, six, out. That's T20 cricket for you. Binny eyes up the leg side, instead he leading-edges it in the air. Watson settles under this skier at cover
length ball outside off, seam-up, Bravo errs in length, Binny clears his front leg and smites a six over long-on. Such a clean strike from Binny
slower, short ball outside off, 102.7ks outside off, Buttler waits and flat-bats it in the air. Bravo leaps but can only finger-tip it away
Dhoni walks up to DJ and has a word with him
mekala srsk: "I feel sorry for the Butler. Yes. Because no one else playing properly from his team. Even Rahane seems to have come to his bottom level. May the force be with you, Butler. "
Buttler shimmies out and makes room. Bravo chases him with a short dart and pings the back thigh
Ashwanth: "Hey Varun... DD is already out of knockouts right?" --- They are down, but not out yet
good length ball on middle, Buttler shuffles across off and flips it over to fine leg
Buttler shimmies out, Willey chases him with a short ball and cramps him for room. Played back to the bowler