Buttler fifty revives Royals' play-off expectations

Last Updated: 19/10/20 6: 53pm

Jos Buttler' s half-century raised Rajasthan up to fifth in the IPL table

Jos Buttler’s half-century lifted Rajasthan up to fifth within the IPL table

Jos Buttler hit 70 not really out from 48 balls as Rajasthan Royals revived their IPL play-off hopes and dented Chennai Extremely Kings’ with a seven-wicket victory within a low-scoring clash in Abu Dhabi.

Buttler’s second 50 of the campaign lifted the Queens from 28-3 after five overs to their small target of 126 with 15 balls to extra as he shared an unbroken remain of 98 with skipper Dorrie Smith (26no).

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The 29-year-old reached his half-century from 37 balls amid the run of three consecutive fours before going on to match the seventy he had hit against Mumbai Indians earlier this month on the same surface.

Buttler’s England team-mate Jofra Archer (1-20) and spinning software Shreyas Gopal (1-14) and Rahul Tewatia (1-18) had limited Chennai to just 125-5, the lowest score with a team batting first this season.

Three early wickets, which includes that of Ben Stokes (19 away 11), gave Chennai hope yet Buttler and Smith squashed that will as Royals moved from underside to fifth and just two factors behind Kolkata Knight Riders.

Chennai have replaced Rajasthan at the foot of the table plus remain four points adrift from the top four with only 4 of their 14 group games still left.

Jofra Archer took one wicket plus tested Sam Curran with some ferocious deliveries

Jofra Archer got one wicket and tested Mike Curran with some ferocious deliveries

Jofra Archer took one wicket and tested Sam Curran which includes ferocious deliveries

Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni hit 28 on the day he grew to become the first player to make 200 IPL appearances, sharing a stand associated with 51 with Ravindra Jadeja (35no) for the fifth wicket.

But Chennai were unable to speed up, with Gopal and Tewatia restricting them to just 30 runs with no boundaries between overs six plus 13 after they had been 45-2 right after an eventful first five overs.

The CSK innings began with a bang as Archer bowled a series of jaffas to Mike Curran (22) and then earned the deserved wicket in his second more than, the game’s third, when Faf du Plessis (10) spooned your pet to Buttler at cover.

Sam Curran scored 22 for Chennai

Sam Curran scored 22 intended for Chennai

Sam Curran have scored 22 for Chennai

Shane Watson (8 away 3) went four, four, away in the fourth over, while Stokes was smashed for a six simply by England team-mate Curran and 2 fours by Ambati Rayudu within the fifth.

Gopal plus Tewatia then took over, sinking Chennai to 56-4 after 10 overs with Gopal having Curran captured at long-off by Buttler plus Tewatia forcing Rayudu – that had successfully overturned an lbw dismissal against Gopal on twelve – to top edge at the rear of on 13.

CSK snapped the boundary-less run along with three in Kartik Tyagi is 14th over and added three a lot more fours before the innings ended yet 51 dot balls across the innings highlighted their problem.

MS Dhoni experienced defeat on his 200th IPL appearance

MS Dhoni suffered beat on his 200th IPL appearance

MS Dhoni suffered defeat in the 200th IPL appearance

Archer slightly tarnished their day with some late errors with long-off, letting the ball slide through his fingers to hand Dhoni a boundary and then dropping Kedar Jadhav off a frustrated Stokes.

But his 3rd mistake in the deep actually caused a wicket – Dhoni plus Jadeja attempted a second run after Archer’s misfield and Dhoni was be depleted just short of his ground right after Archer finally gathered the basketball and arrowed in the throw in order to Royals wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.

Dhoni’s smart catch lower down the leg-side in the fifth more than of the chase then saw Samson out for a three-ball duck in order to Deepak Chahar (2-18) as Queens tumbled from 26-0 to 28-3 following Stokes’ exit.

Stokes had crunched Chahar’s prior ball for four but then sliced on, with Robin Uthapppa (4) soon caught behind by Dhoni off Josh Hazlewood.

Australia seamer Hazlewood – to the Chennai side as a replacement for groin-injury victim Dwayne Bravo – after that thought he had countryman Smith lbw for nought, only for the not-out decision to be upheld with Chennai’s review showing a faint inside-edge before the ball hit the mat.

Smith went on in order to notch the winning run yet very much played second fiddle in order to Buttler, who struck seven fours and two of the game’s 3 sixes.

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