Buttler, spinners help Royals climb up the table

Rajasthan Royals 126 for 3 (Buttler 70*, Smith 26*, Chahar 2-18) beat Chennai Super Kings 125 for 5 (Jadeja 35*, Gopal 1-14, Tewatia 1-18) by seven wickets

After legspinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia pinned down Chennai Super Kings to 125 for 5, Jos Buttler knocked them over to the bottom of the points table with a powerful 70 off 48 balls. Rajasthan Royals climbed to fifth place, boosting their chances of making the playoffs.

Earlier in the evening, Gopal and Tewatia didn’t concede a single boundary and bowled 23 dots between them. All up, the Super Kings batsmen faced 51 dots and never got going in any shape or form.

Their seamers Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood, though, got swing going and dismissed the Royals’ top three within five overs. Steven Smith particularly struggled in the early exchanges, but Buttler showed his range, finishing the chase with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare, thereby improving their net run-rate as well.

More to follow…

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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