Butler clinch a thriller to keep RR alive

A decent batting effort helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post a fighting total of 176/4 against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie in match number 43.


Suresh Raina (52 off 35 balls), followed by skipper MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 33 and opener Shane Watson’s 39 runs which took the yellow brigade to a good total against the hosts.

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With Chennai at 119/3 in 13 overs, Dhoni and Sam Billings (27 off 22) forged a 55-run partnership off 39 balls to put back things in control. Billings departed in the final over while trying to take a single as wicket-keeper Jos Buttler’s throw from behind demolised the Englishman’s stump. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 33 runs facing 23 balls, hitting a boundary and a six to help his side reach a fighting total of 176 runs.

The hosts are not yet done in this tournament and they have Jos Buttler to thank for that. He’s almost single-handedly taken his side across the line right at the finish. He started off well, despite Stokes’ early loss and kept on going. He made some vital partnerships in the middle and kept the scoreboard ticking despite the wickets falling. Chennai did get back in in the middle overs and would have won as well, had it not been for Krishnappa Gowtham’s neat little cameo.

Those two blows he scored off David Willey’s over proved to be the x-factor as it got his side within firing range, enabling Buttler to finish it off late. Superb knock from the Englishman, he remained unbeaten on 95 and kept Rajasthan alive in the tournament.

Watch Buttler’s last over drama

Brief score:

CSK 176/4 (20 ov) | Raina 52 (35), Dhoni 33* (23) | Archer 2/42
RR 177/6 (19.5 ov) | Butler 95* (60), Binny 22 (17) | Shardul 1/22

Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets

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