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IPL 2018: Jos Buttler Pyrotechnics Help Rajasthan Royals Sink Chennai Super Kings

Fan runs towards Ajinkya Rahane of the Rajasthan Royals during an IPL 2018 match Fan runs towards Ajinkya Rahane of the Rajasthan Royals during an IPL 2018 match
Melissa Porter | 14 May, 2018, 00:31

They now have 14 points from 11 matches and they just need one win from the three games in hand.

Denying anymore wickets to the visitors, the duo added the remaining 43 runs for the third wicket in the next five overs to inch Chennai closer towards the play-offs. But now, with the result of today's match which is going to be held at CSK's home ground in Pune, it will be clear which team is mighty over the other.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled in the first half of the league, emerged with a match-winning figure of 3/18 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. During the practice sessions a day prior to the match-days this IPL season, Dhoni has been the last one to pad up. That would be his last foray over the rope for a spell, opting for the carpet route before the final over where he required 12 for victory and took Dwayne Bravo (1-31) into the crowd for his second six and most telling blow of the night.

Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by four wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur last night to keep their IPL playoff hopes alive.

Together they put up the second century-plus stand for their side of the season and it was the second 100-plus stand against a quality SRH bowling line up. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length. What really happens is as soon as you are told what things to bowl, then you ought to be bowling to this space. They could not execute.

"We instructed bowlers what they needed to do but the execution went haywire, not the planning". This has been a par score or some par plus score. "I think the bowlers let us down to some extent", Dhoni said after the loss on Friday. They sit well on the top at Points Table with 18 points in 11 games and it is nearly confirmed that they will finish in the top two. With Sunrisers's bowling being in top form, the Chennai Super Kings will find it tough to chase the total. The SRH skipper opened the face of the bat to scoop the ball over short third man but he did not anticipate Bravo's athleticism, who ran almost 20 metres at full sprint from deep point to complete the catch with both hands and diving to his left. SRH coach Tom Moody said, "Kane has been a class cricketer in all formats".

It should come as no surprise that the two teams were led out of the tricky early phase by two of the finest captains in world cricket - messrs Dhoni and Williamson. "We won't take any match lightly and look to improve instead of experimenting".