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IPL 2018: Jos Buttler Keeps Rajasthan Royals In Hunt For Playoffs

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| May 12 , 2018 , 16:19 IST

England batsman Jos Buttler’s scintillating display helped Rajasthan Royals in defeating Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets on Friday in a match played in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League.

Having opened for the Rajasthan Royals along with England star Ben Stokes, Buttler continued to defy the CSK bowlers even as wickets fell at the other end. He remained unbeaten on 95 runs off just 60 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and a couple of sixes along the way.

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Despite the defeat, CSK continues to hold on to the second spot with 14 points from 11 matches. They trail league leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad by four points. Rajasthan are eighth in the 10-team table with 10 points from 11 matches.

CSK batting first put on a respectable total of 176 runs thanks to brilliant knocks by Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and captain MS Dhoni.

However, this total turned out to be not enough as Jos Buttler single-handedly dominated the CSK bowling attack, and helped Rajasthan win the game with a ball to spare.

"We had a lot of plan for him (Buttler), left arm spin was one of them we were looking at but they did not work. Buttler was a class apart on a difficult track. He batted through the innings. Had we got him earlier the result could have been different," CSK’s coach Stephen Fleming said after his side lost by four wickets.

After eleven games and only three left to be played, Rajasthan Royals has to win the rest of the games to qualify for the playoffs, and their bowler Jaydev Unadkat reiterated how important balance of the team is at this crucial stage.

"The combination of the team is coming right at this point and that is what is important for us. Other than just ruing about not having a player I feel it is our responsibility as seniors in the team to see that everyone is in good space, the atmosphere is good and that will allow the youngsters to come up and do well for the team," he said.