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Rajasthan vs Chennai - 43rd Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date & Time: 11 May 2018

Rajasthan 177/6 (19.5 Ovs) RR: 8.92 | Rajasthan won by 4 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jos Buttler Not OutNot Out9560112
Ben Stokes bowled Harbhajanbowled Harbhajan11711
Ajinkya Rahane c Raina & b Ravindra Jadejac Raina & b Ravindra Jadeja4310
Sanju Samson runout runout 212220
Prashant Chopra c DJ Bravo & b SN Thakurc DJ Bravo & b SN Thakur8620
Stuart Binny c Watson & b DJ Bravoc Watson & b DJ Bravo221711
Krishnappa Gowtham c Dhoni & b Willeyc Dhoni & b Willey13402
Jofra Archer Not OutNot Out0000
Ankit Sharma dnbdnb0000
Jaydev Unadkat dnbdnb0000
Ish Sodhi dnbdnb0000
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 1, w 2, nb 0)
Total 177 (6 Wkts, 19.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
48-1 (Ben Stokes,3.6), 53-2 (Ajinkya Rahane,4.4), 99-3 (Sanju Samson,11.2), 109-4 (Prashant Chopra,12.4), 146-5 (Stuart Binny,17.4), 165-6 (Krishnappa Gowtham,18.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
David Willey4 0 47 1 11.75
Harbhajan Singh2 0 29 1 14.50
Ravindra Jadeja4 0 28 1 7.00
Shardul Thakur4 0 22 1 5.50
Karn Sharma1 0 10 0 10.00
Dwayne Bravo3.5 0 31 1 8.86
Shane Watson1 0 9 0 9.00
Ambati Rayudu0 0 0 0 0
Suresh Raina0 0 0 0 0
Sam Billings0 0 0 0 0
MS Dhoni0 0 0 0 0


The race for the fourth spot has come alive with these recent results. The third spot might be up for grabs too, with Punjab's recent drop in form. Should be a cracking finish to the league stages. That's all for tonight. I've been Sagar Chawla bringing you the coverage in the company of Nikhil Jadhav, Akshay Maanay, Raju Peethala, Varun Dixit and our scorer Sreenivas. Ciao!

Buttler, MoM: Especially in the T20 League, haven't quite hit my straps. Tonight to get my side home, it's always special to be not out in the end. As we've seen, the wicket plays really well in the first six. Just trying to capitalize on that. Couldn't quite get it away, had quite a bit of luck. Dwayne Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you always get the feeling that it's about two hits. Relatively big ground here too, so can take twos. Special to perform with my family here. We've kept ourselves in the competition.

Rahane, RAJ captain: As I always mention, this format is always about giving your best everyday. Buttler's consistent batting at the top is magnificent. KG's knock was crucial. I was nervous, but sometimes you have to control your emotions as a captain and we all had a feeling that Buttler will take us through. The way he handled the spinners was too good. He's learning a lot, spending time with the experienced players and Warnie. Not easy bowling in the powerplay (talking about Gowtham). It's all about taking one game at a time right now. Now going to Mumbai, we all know how dangerous a side they are. Would like to thank Rajasthan and Rajasthan government for supporting this initiative with cancer patients.

Gowtham: We just wanted to play deep and take it all the way. Jos did it. We were playing on the same pitch and it was running on my mind (his innings against Mumbai). I thought I will be back myself. It is all feeling fine. Some days you come out with good colors and some days you don't. You can't sulk. The camp is feeling good and the positives are really high. Everyone is backing each other. The batting unit chased down 175 on a wicket that was difficult and against CHN. We held our nerves.

Dhoni, CHN captain: I think it is the bowling. We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl. That back of the length was a difficult one to hit. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length. What really happens is once you are told what to bowl, you need to be bowling to that area. They need to commit and execute. It is not the planning but the execution that goes haywire. That was a par score or a par plus score. I think the bowlers let us down to some extent. Looking at the XI that we have on the field, we did well in the field. We can say we can get better, but with the players we have, this is the best we can get. It is important to start delivering when it comes to the planning part. You just don't want to qualify into the knockout stages, you have to win games. You also need to adjust to what length to bowl and how to bowl.

The blueprint of the chase was clear - as taught by the CHN innings earlier - and it was to go hard in the powerplay, when the ball was still hard and new and coming onto the bat. Jofra Archer spoke about it mid-innings as well. And true to word, Stokes was sent up in an effort to take the new ball on. That move didn't work, but Buttler's rollicking form as Rajasthan opener certainly did. He blazed away to his fourth fifty in a row to propel the hosts ahead in the chase. The pitch stayed up to reputation however, as did the Rajasthan' middle order, and CHN stormed back into the match. But Buttler stayed the course. Things could have been a lot different had Dhoni taken the catch, but this was Buttler's night.

23:49 Local Time, 18:19 GMT, 23:49 IST: Sensational knock from Jos Buttler. He was clearly hampered by fatigue in the latter half of his innings, but still found enough within himself to come up with a stunning strike over mid-wicket which all but sealed it in the final over. Don't forget that precious, precious cameo from Krishnappa Gowtham either, who keeps producing these moments now and again. The older ball was getting harder and harder to hit towards the end, but Gowtham absolutely nailed two of the four balls he faced to keep the Rajasthan in it.

Highest individual scores in Jaipur in T20 League:
98*S Watson v HYD, 2013
98 A Rahane v PUN, 2012
95*KL Rahul v RAJ, 2018
95*J BUTTLER v CHN, 2018

Highest targets chased down in Jaipur:
197 RAJ v HYD, 2012
179 RAJ v PUNE, 2013
177 RAJ v CHN, 2018 *
172 RAJ v BLR, 2013

Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, off the toe-end towards extra cover. Oh horrible from Watson. He's had a needless shy and given away the overthrow as Buttler raises his bat and does a victory lap in the second run. The Rajasthan charge out to the centre in delight. Buttler's kept them afloat in the tournament
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, SIX, the Rajasthan dugout erupts. Back of length slower ball, not easy to hit, but Buttler hacks it with stunning power over mid-wicket. Wow what a shot. This should be the blow which seals it
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, skied up off the toe-end, but what's happened here? Bravo is on his knees. Mid-wicket was vacant, so the only one who could've taken it was the bowler. But Bravo slipped as he veered from his followthrough
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, this is closer to the stumps but it skids on and foils Buttler's timing as he swings through mid-wicket. Skewed off the inside half wide of the fielder in the deep
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, no run, deceives him with a wide slower ball. Some seriously good execution under pressure. Knows Buttler will be swinging to leg, so he takes it away from his arc while taking the pace off and beats him

Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Bravo it is, having to handle the final over again. Buttler on strike.

Willey to Gowtham, out Caught by Dhoni!! Back of length outside off, width on offer, Gowtham slashes at it but only gets an edge through to Dhoni. Precious little cameo though. It's got the equation down to 12 off the final over. Gowtham c Dhoni b Willey 13(4) [6s-2]

Willey to Gowtham, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Willey to Gowtham, SIX, this is remarkable from Gowtham. He's come out and nailed two balls out of the three he's faced. Willey misses his mark with the yorker, offers it in the slot and Gowtham tonks it over long-off's head
Willey to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler's tiring. Length ball angled in on leg, an off-cutter, he loses his shape as he swings across the line. It takes an inside edge onto pad
Willey to Gowtham, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, dabbed wide of short third man where Bhajji slides in a way so as to put his who body behind it. Not letting that through
Willey to Gowtham, wide, pressure on Willey now. He sprays this one down the leg-side
Willey to Gowtham, SIX, stunning strike from Krishnappa Gowtham, that too off his very first ball. The crowds jump out of their seats as he muscles his flat-batted heave over long-off. It's gone soaring into the stands
Willey to Buttler, 1 run, can't get any timing on it. Length ball, he goes hard but hits it limply down the ground to long-on. Not easy against this older ball
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, dropped by Dhoni. Could have been the match right there. Fine leg is inside the ring, which tempts Buttler into looking for the scoop. But this is a slower ball, making it really difficult to get any leverage on it. He deflects it to Dhoni's left, who dives with one hand but can't cling on
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, clipped through square leg

Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Dwayne Bravo to Binny, out Caught by Watson!! Full toss at the stumps, should have disappeared too. Instead, Bravo's got very lucky. Binny swung across it too early, and lobbed it up off a leading edge. No mistake from Watson at extra cover, with his hands like buckets. Binny c Watson b Dwayne Bravo 22(17) [4s-1 6s-1]

Dwayne Bravo to Binny, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Dwayne Bravo to Binny, SIX, length ball from Bravo, disappears. What a blow from Binny. His base was steady as he launched it brutally over long-on
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, makes some room and again, Bravo one-ups him by bowling this slower ball very wide. Buttler reached out and flat-batted it towards Bravo, who fails to hold onto the overhead chance
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, no run, advances down but Bravo cramps him up with a back of length delivery which skids on and hits the thigh. Really good

There have been eight instances of teams scoring 50+ in the last five overs of chases in T20 League games at Jaipur - only side to lose is PUN earlier this week

Dwayne Bravo [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

It's 38 to win off 18. CHN ahead right now. Can Buttler change that?

Willey to Buttler, 1 run, he's pulled off his signature scoop after walking across the stumps, but fine leg is back. It gives him just a single. Just eight off the over, despite the boundary
Willey to Buttler, no run, well bowled. Back of length, very tight on off-stump, Buttler blocks
Willey to Buttler, no run, direct-hit could have been very tight. Back of length ball close to off, Buttler slices it straight to backward point and comes out looking for the single, only to be sent back. Made a desperate attempt to get in
Willey to Buttler, FOUR, oh well well. Where is sweeper cover? The fielder was very square in his position, and Buttler made some room to slap the ball away from off-stump. Brilliant batting. But was that the plan or did the fielder stand out of place. Willey shakes his head as he walks back

Very tense out there.

Willey to Binny, 1 run, back of a length delivery slanted in towards Binny, heaved away to deep mid-wicket
Willey to Binny, 2 runs, back of length delivery outside off, Binny makes room and flat-bats it wide of sweeper cover

David Willey [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack

Watson to Buttler, FOUR, audacious from Buttler, but then that's what he is about. Slower length ball, he gets into position early and slaps the reverse-hit through backward point. Much needed boundary off the over
Watson to Binny, 1 run, works it through mid-wicket


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