They were getting starts and played well in the middle and hit a few sixes, otherwise Jos could not have pulled it off alone. Allrounder Ben Stokes (11) was elevated to open with English compatriot Buttler and they put on 48 off only 24 balls. Captain Ajinkya Rahane departed soon after but Buttler kept going strong.
Rajasthan Royals medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat conceded that except Buttler the rest of the batsmen were not up to the task.
Buttler eventually remained unbeaten and added 15 more runs to his total and successfully guided the team home safe and dry. Apart from him, only Sanju Samson (353 runs in 11 matches at 35.30) comes even remotely close.
"'It was a hard pitch, and with Buttler batting through it enabled them to keep the momentum going", added Fleming. Royals bowlers came back into the game rather well and CSK could only manage 86 runs in the last 10 overs, despite having nine wickets in hand.
8- On Friday, Rajasthan Royals chased down 177 against CSK - their highest successful chase against Chennai. He started with three boundaries off countryman David Willey's over.
RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane, one of the faces of the campaign, said "as a sportsperson, whether fit or not, I feel cancer screening is necessary for early detection and cure". Gowtham's 4-ball 13 which included two sixes is also one of the turning point of this match.
It was only in the third over than Stokes finally faced his first ball, but was bowled by a slider from Harbhajan Singh after hitting the offspinner for ten off two deliveries. This has been a tournament to forget for the England all-rounder.
Buttler smashed 12 runs off the last over to keep Rajasthan in contention for an improbable knockouts' spot. Archer gave the first blow to the team.
Raina and Watson are still on the crease.
This was after Suresh Raina (52) played anchor during Chennai's innings and guided them to a defendable total.
WICKET! This is a big one and Jofra Archer has got his second wicket. High-flying Chennai came out on top when the teams met in April, winning by 64 runs on the back of a Shane Watson century.
"If he plays well there can be more freedom for the likes of Jos Butler and Stokes". The batsman rushed to 40 off just 21 balls in the powerplay overs.
Rajasthan Royals were guilty of bowling too many extras in the game against Chennai Super Kings. Three successive defeats have nearly decided the fortunes of the team, but despite this, the Royals team kept a modest expectation active by defeating Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in the last match in Jaipur.
Dhoni finished the innings off in style helping CSK post a score of 176 for 4 in their twenty overs.