The Buttler did it as Royals stay alive in IPL

Rex Christensen
May 12, 2018

However, now coming up against CSK, skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes need to step up and contribute. David Willey with the ball for CSK.

CSK will start as favorites, given their positive head-to-head record (12-6) against the RR. However, at the same time, CSK would be desperate for a win so that they can cement their place in the top 2 in the table and hence, it is going to be a tightly-contested game. Buttler and Sanju Samson then tried to steady the innings, adding 45 runs between them off the next seven overs before the latter was run out following a terrible mix-up. Three successive defeats have nearly decided the fortunes of the team, but despite this, the Royals team kept a modest expectation active by defeating Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in the last match in Jaipur. Prior to this, Raidu scored a run of 12 runs.

Wickets kept tumbling at one end, with some notable contributions from Sanju Samson (21) and Stuart Binny (22).

CSK will be handed a huge boost if fast bowler Deepak Chahar, who has been on the road to recovery after suffering a hamstring injury last month, gets fit in time for Friday's outing. In OVERS 7.2: FIFTY for Jos Buttler off 26 balls - his fourth in a season., Buttler hit a six and eight fours to reach the milestone. First, he dragging two yorkers to the leg-side boundary for two runs each before picking a slower ball and slugging it over midwicket for six. CSK have been excellent throughout the season with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in roaring form.

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The opener's fall saw Raina joining Watson in the middle and the duo helped Chennai recover from the early blow taking their side past the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs. Both the batsman put on 86 run stand before Shane Watson was dismissed by Jofra Archer.

The visitors reverted to their former opening pairing of Ambati Rayudu (12) and Watson (39).

Raina completed his third half-century off 32 balls, and fell to legspinner Ish Sodhi just when his team was looking to accelerate.

Dhoni is seventh on the run-getters list with 360 runs that include three half-centuries with 79 not out being the highest. He put on 55 runs off 40 balls with Sam Billings (27 off 22 balls) to propel the Chennai innings.

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