Buttler the hero in thrilling Rajasthan Royals win

Jos Buttler produced an innings to savour as Rajasthan Royals claimed a crucial Indian Premier League win over Chennai Super Kings.

Facing a testing target of 177 to win, the Royals were led by the inspired Buttler, who clubbed an eye-catching 95 not out to secure a four-wicket triumph with one ball to spare. 

The result in Jaipur keeps the Royals, dressed in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, in with a chance of reaching the IPL play-offs.

The Super Kings remain well placed to extend their season.

BRILLIANT BUTTLER THE DIFFERENCE

Buttler's outstanding 60-ball knock continued his fine form since moving to opening batsman.

The Englishman has now scored four consecutive fifties, having also starred in the 15-run victory over Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.

He hit 11 fours and two sixes to power the Royals to a thrilling triumph, having survived a scare when Shane Watson dropped him in the 16th over.

A delighted Buttler was particularly pleased to have put on such a good show with his family in attendance.

"I have hit my straps and it's always special when you're not out," he said after the Royals clocked up 177-6.

"As we've seen, the wicket plays very well in the first six overs. [Dwayne] Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you feel it's two hits. You just try to hold yourself, and my family is here, and it's special to perform when my mum, wife, aunt, and uncle are here."

Krishnappa Gowtham's cameo down the order was also telling, his two maximums in the penultimate helping to swing the balance in Rajasthan's favour.

THREAT OF RAINA STIFLED 

When the Super Kings lost Ambati Rayudu at the start of the third over, Suresh Raina took it upon himself to accelerate the visitors' innings.

The experienced India batsman adopted an entertaining attacking approach, plundering 52 from 35 balls before falling to a catch from Stuart Binny off the bowling of Ish Sodhi.

Opener Watson had already gone for 39 by that point, but captain MS Dhoni's 33 not out and a late flourish from Sam Billings (27) helped Chennai to a solid total.

 

THE PLAY-OFF PICTURE

The Super Kings could have practically confirmed their spot in the play-offs with a win, although they still sit second and look in good shape to extend their campaign.  

Although Rajasthan remain sixth, a second victory on the bounce keeps them in touch on 10 points, with only run-rate separating them from fourth-placed Mumbai Indians.

Kolakata Knight Riders sit between them.

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