Jos Buttler, once again, plastered an unbeaten 94 to keep Rajasthan Royals in the crucial hunt for the playoffs. This led-from-the-front gesture by Buttler was indeed a very special one as they have earned two crucial points for his side that too at crucial stage. And cherry over the cake was the fact that it was Rajasthan’s first win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in five attempts since 2012. The win indeed meant a lot to them as well as Chennai fans as due to that win now Chennai Super Kings have become the second team to qualify for the play-offs of this edition of the Indian Premier League.

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Hindustan Times

Having chosen to bat first Mumbai scored 168 in 20 overs whereby in the chasing pursuit of Rajasthan Royals a 95-run stand between Buttler and Rahane has been put on board by their side on course, but all credit goes to Buttler’s 53-ball knock that took them over the line in the end.

In this crucial game, the Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Rahane, elected to bowl considering the dew as a reason. Yet, Rohit Sharma believed that dew has never been a major factor going by the last few games. Ish Sodhi somehow had to skip the game due to his illness. D’Arcy Short initially was being sent back by Jasprit Bumrah in the opening over off an outside edge. As it turned out, the chase seemed a cake walk.

The magic of Buttler;

The promotion of Buttler to the opener’s slot turned out to be a masterstroke for Rajasthan Royals. Buttler’s openning scores have been magnificent so far- 94*, 95*, 82, 51, 67. Now he has become only the fourth batsman across T20 leagues to score five successive half-centuries. After initial damage in the opening over of the innings, the onus fell on to Buttler and Rahane to stabilize the chase. They did stand out in the middle with a 95-run stand for the second wicket. After finishing the first ten overs with a similar score as Mumbai did, of 83 for 1, the pair platformed Rajasthan in a comfortable position to chase down the set target.


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