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43rd match (N), Jaipur, May 11 2018, Indian Premier League
Royals won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Jos Buttler
Rajasthan Royals
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• The 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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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Chennai Super Kings176/4(20 overs)
Suresh Raina52 (35)
Shane Watson39 (31)
Ish Sodhi1/29(4)
Rajasthan Royals177/6(19.5 overs)

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
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 1916 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 165/6CRR: 8.68 RRR: 12.00 • Need 12 from 6b
Jos Buttler83 (55)
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

Krishnappa Gowtham c †Dhoni b Willey 13 (4b 0x4 2x6) SR: 325
18.5
6
Willey to Gowtham, SIX runs

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."

18.4
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run

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"

18.3
1
Willey to Gowtham, 1 run

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.

18.3
1w
Willey to Gowtham, 1 wide

short and slanted down leg, wide

Mid-off sent back, third man up again

18.2
6
Willey to Gowtham, SIX runs

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

18.1
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run

length ball on off, hacked to long-on

end of over 1810 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 149/5CRR: 8.27 RRR: 14.00 • Need 28 from 12b
Jos Buttler81 (53)
Krishnappa Gowtham0 (0)
Dwayne Bravo3-0-19-1
David Willey3-0-31-0

Pradeep D: "Stage set for Gowtham"

17.6
1
Bravo to Buttler, 1 run

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

17.5
2
Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs

back of a length and angling into the hips, swatted to deep square leg for a double

17.4
W
Bravo to Binny, OUT

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

Stuart Binny c Watson b Bravo 22 (17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 129.41
17.3
6
Bravo to Binny, SIX runs

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

17.2
1
Bravo to Buttler, 1 run

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. "

17.1
Bravo to Buttler, no run

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

end of over 178 runs
RR: 139/4CRR: 8.17 RRR: 12.67 • Need 38 from 18b
Jos Buttler77 (49)
Stuart Binny16 (15)
David Willey3-0-31-0
Shane Watson1-0-9-0
16.6
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run

good length ball on middle, Buttler shuffles across off and flips it over to fine leg

16.5
Willey to Buttler, no run

Buttler shimmies out, Willey chases him with a short ball and cramps him for room. Played back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
Jos Buttler portrait
JC Buttler
95 runs (60)
11 fours
2 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
cover drive
15 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Suresh Raina portrait
SK Raina
52 runs (35)
6 fours
1 six
Control77%
Productive shot
slog shot
12 runs
1 four
1 six
5383141225
Best performances - bowlers
Jofra Archer portrait
JC Archer
O
4
M
0
R
42
W
2
ECO
10.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Shardul Thakur portrait
SN Thakur
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
1
ECO
5.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossChennai Super Kings, elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20
Match days11 May 2018 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
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Yeshwant Barde
TV Umpire
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Nitin Menon
Reserve Umpire
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Nitin Pandit
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Chennai Super Kings 0