Jos Buttler played a brilliant unbeaten innings edge out Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four wickets in a nail-biting Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday.
Despite the defeat, CSK continues to hold on to the second spot with 14 points from 11 matches.
Set a challenging target of 177, Buttler almost single-handedly won the game for his team, scoring an unbeaten 95 off just 60 balls and hitting a crucial six in the final over of the chase to take the hosts over the line with one ball to spare. Buttler continued to defy the CSK bowlers even as wickets fell at the other end.
RR got off to a flying start, thanks largely to Buttler, who has shown his true worth since being promoted to open the innings. The Englishman, in the company of compatriot Ben Stokes, added 48 for the opening stand in just for overs, before Stokes was cleaned up by Harbhajan Singh.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane didn't last long, Ravindra Jadeja getting him caught at slips. Ravindra Jadeja then dismissed Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane in the next over to put Chennai in the driver's seat.
Buttler and Sanju Samson then added 45 runs between them over the next seven overs before the latter was run out following a horrible mix-up.