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Rajasthan vs Chennai - 43rd Match

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

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

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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

19.5
2
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
19.4
6
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
19.3
2
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
19.2
2
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
19.1
0
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.

18.6
0
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!!

18.5
6
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
18.4
1
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
18.3
1
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
18.3
1
Willey to Gowtham, wide, pressure on Willey now. He sprays this one down the leg-side
18.2
6
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
18.1
1
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
17.6
1
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
17.5
2
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

17.4
0
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!!

17.3
6
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
17.2
1
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
17.1
0
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?

16.6
1
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
16.5
0
Willey to Buttler, no run, well bowled. Back of length, very tight on off-stump, Buttler blocks
16.4
0
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
16.3
4
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.

16.2
1
Willey to Binny, 1 run, back of a length delivery slanted in towards Binny, heaved away to deep mid-wicket
16.1
2
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

15.6
4
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
15.5
1
Watson to Binny, 1 run, works it through mid-wicket
15.4
1
Watson to Buttler, 1 run, clears his front leg and smacks this slower ball straight at Watson, who tried putting his hands together in front of his face but it burst through them. Half a chance, if you want to be harsh
15.3
1
Watson to Binny, 1 run, back of a length at the hips, glanced fine by Binny. Bhajji does well to slide around from short fine leg and save the boundary, gets an applause from his captain
15.2
1
Watson to Buttler, 1 run, looks to carve this slower ball through the off-side, but it doesn't come on well enough. Eked off a thick inside edge through square leg
15.1
1
Watson to Binny, 1 run, slower length ball at the stumps, clipped away towards deep mid-wicket. Binny may have wanted the second, but you don't want to take on Jadeja's arm. They wisely settle with one

Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

14.6
1
SN Thakur to Binny, 1 run, short of length, blocked back past the bowler towards mid-off. There was some hesitation between the two, as Buttler was waiting for the ball to go past Thakur, which caused Binny to stutter. A direct-hit at the non-striker's end would have been touch and go

Openers unbeaten in unsuccessful chases this T20 League:
95* KL RahulL v RAJ, Jaipur, 2018
92* V Kohli v MUM, Mumbai WS, 2018
65* A Rahane v HYD, Jaipur, 2018
Will Buttler be the fourth?

14.5
0
SN Thakur to Binny, no run, length ball just outside off, stays a touch low and cuts through Binny's ungainly hack
14.4
0
SN Thakur to Binny, no run, better. Much tighter to off-stump with this length ball, Binny prods forward and defends
14.3
4
SN Thakur to Binny, FOUR, throws his hands at the width on offer and lashes it through backward point. Two ordinary deliveries from Thakur back-to-back. Not good
14.2
2
SN Thakur to Binny, 2 runs, excellent effort from Karn Sharma, running around from fine leg. He's saved the boundary for Thakur, off a delivery which very much deserved one. Length ball down leg, Binny glances it away nicely but couldn't get it fine enough
14.1
1
SN Thakur to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, punched to extra cover

Time-out! The required rate has gone over 10, and as this ball gets older, it's getting harder and harder to hit. So much depends on Buttler. His wicket here and CHN could cruise home

13.6
0
Jadeja to Binny, no run, wafts at this length ball which grips and turns away to beat the outside edge. Dhoni took the bails off in a flash but Binny's back foot was firmly planted
13.5
2
Jadeja to Binny, 2 runs, long boundaries here, Binny works this wide of long-on and picks the holes in the field nicely. Easily back for two
13.4
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, steers it with the turn through backward point
13.3
1
Jadeja to Binny, 1 run, comes on the front foot and eases this down to long-off

Buttler can't do it alone here. Someone will have to step up

13.2
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, sliding in on middle, nudges it round the corner
13.1
0
Jadeja to Buttler, no run, flat on off, turning away from a length. Buttler punches to extra cover

Ravindra Jadeja [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

12.6
0
SN Thakur to Binny, no run, slightly behind that good length, Binny pats it to backward point
12.5
0
SN Thakur to Binny, no run, length ball, blocked

Stuart Binny, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.4
0
SN Thakur to Chopra, out Caught by Dwayne Bravo!! The big back-lift probably works to his detriment here. Full at the pads again, the ball slightly stops on him, but due to the velocity at which the bat comes down, he's unable to check the flick shot enough. Chips it off a soft leading edge straight to short mid-wicket. Chopra c Dwayne Bravo b SN Thakur 8(6) [4s-2]

SN Thakur to Chopra, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.3
4
SN Thakur to Chopra, FOUR, full at the pads, Chopra gets his bat down from the big back-lift and flicks it stylishly behind square. Beats the fielder's dive in the deep
12.2
0
SN Thakur to Chopra, no run, back of a length delivery at the stumps, blocked back
12.1
1
SN Thakur to Buttler, 1 run, good length ball, pushes it down to long-off

Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

11.6
0
Dwayne Bravo to Chopra, no run, bangs this in short outside off, slower ball, loops over Chopra's attempted dab
11.5
4
Dwayne Bravo to Chopra, FOUR, beautiful timing. That sped off his bat through backward point. Back of length just outside off, not that bad a delivery, but Chopra leans back and spears a cut through to the fence
11.4
0
Dwayne Bravo to Chopra, no run, short of length delivery, fended off
11.3
1
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, short of length delivery, thwacked to deep mid-wicket

Prashant Chopra, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.2
0
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, out Samson Run Out!! Oh dear, total breakdown between the two batsmen, so much so that they were almost caught together at one end at one point. Back of length delivery, Samson pats it towards backward point and takes a couple of steps down the pitch, which lured Buttler for the single. However, Samson was guilty of ball-watching and quickly turned his back to him, while Buttler ran through to the striker's end. Eventually, Samson may have sacrificed himself. Raina passes the ball onto Bravo who under-arms it back onto the stumps to catch the struggling Samson short. Samson run out (Raina/Dwayne Bravo) 21(22) [4s-2]

Dwayne Bravo to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

11.1
1
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, dipping slower ball, Buttler goes hard on the drive but it's bereft of any timing. Cut off at extra cover
10.6
2
Willey to Samson, 2 runs, full ball, Samson punches it powerfully down the ground. It swirled away from Raina at long-off, who covered good ground and parried it to the converging long-on fielder with a dive
10.5
4
Willey to Samson, FOUR, really lucky for Samson. Pressure was building on him, he makes some room and slices this up off a thick edge over short third man. The idea was to go over backward point, but it spooned up over Bhajji off the edge
10.4
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run, makes quite a bit of room but Willey follows him with a slower ball, can only knock a single through the covers
10.3
1
Willey to Samson, 1 run, 137.5kph, fuller length ball outside off, carves it on the bounce to sweeper cover
10.2
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run, not a lot of pace on offer from Willey. Back of length delivery outside off, Buttler punches through the covers
10.1
1
Willey to Samson, 1 run, length ball just outside off, 121kph, bunted down to long-off

David Willey [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

9.6
2
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, Buttler was prepared to face the slower ball; keeps his head still and drills the ball to deep mid-on. He wasn't keen on the second, but Samson sensed an opportunity there, Buttler responds in kind
9.5
1
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, 1 run, disguising slower ball, dips at the pads, Samson gets across and twirls his wrists to milk it in the gap through mid-wicket. Manages to get off strike, finally...
9.4
0
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, no run, brilliant from Bravo, stretches his left hand in his followthrough and fields nonchalantly. Samson is beffuddled after playing a punch, what does he do next?
9.3
0
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, no run, cross-seamer at 130ks, Samson was late in reading that, throws everything at it but fails to make contact
9.2
0
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, no run, Samson is struggling here, isn't quite finding the middle, looks to pierce the off-side ring with a punch but miscues it towards cover

Fifty-plus scores in most successive innings:
5 V Sehwag for DEL in 2012
4 V Kohli for BLR in 2016
4 J BUTTLER for RAJ in 2018 *

9.1
0
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, no run, starts with a slower short ball outside off stump, Samson gets deep inside the crease and slashes late, a diving effort from backward point (to his left) prevents the single

Dwayne Bravo, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

At the moment it's advantage RAJ with wickets in hand, but if the recent records are anything to go by, it would only get worse for the batsmen with each passing over. Buttler wicket will be the key, for both RAJ and CHN. Who blinks first? Let's see

8.6
0
SN Thakur to Buttler, no run, punched to covers and that will be the timeout!
8.5
2
SN Thakur to Buttler, 2 runs, drifts leg-side now, Buttler slams the flick to the left of long leg, Bhajji seemed to have reacted late but he manages to haul the ball back in
8.4
0
SN Thakur to Buttler, no run, around the fifth stump channel, Buttler bunts it with soft hands into the off-side
8.3
1
SN Thakur to Samson, 1 run, fullish outside off stump, Samson drives uppisly over cover
8.2
0
SN Thakur to Samson, no run, better from Thakur, adjusts his length and line, keeps Samson in check with a defensive poke into the off-side
8.1
4
SN Thakur to Samson, FOUR, that's a gift. Full and down leg, Samson glances it off his pads and off she goes...

Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

7.6
0
Karn Sharma to Buttler, no run, sliding in towards middle and leg, turned to the on-side off the back foot. A loud call of no at his partner
7.5
4
Karn Sharma to Buttler, FOUR, spins away from a shorter length, Buttler goes hard and sends a thick edge fine of third man. Streaky, but Buttler won't mind
7.4
3
Karn Sharma to Samson, 3 runs, brilliant effort from Billings in the deep. Flung himself to his right and flicked the ball back air-borne, the ball was rolling back to the cushions and Billings once again flings across to keep it in play. Samson swept this powerfully and it seemed to be heading straight to the boundary, but Billings proves why he's so highly rated as a fielder. Simply superb
7.3
1
Karn Sharma to Buttler, leg byes, 1 run, shuffles across before sinking to one knee, might have dragged the sweep off the bottom edge or did he? Nah, makes no contact. It drifts past him
7.2
2
Karn Sharma to Buttler, 2 runs, straighter one, Buttler paddles it fine to bring up his fourth successive fifty to match Virat Kohli's feat. Only Viru has five in a row
7.1
1
Karn Sharma to Samson, 1 run, gets as low as he can and swipes the ball from middle stump to deep backward square

Karn Sharma, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Jadeja to Samson, 1 run, shorter and quicker on middle, Samson clips it off his pads into the leg-side
6.5
3
Jadeja to Buttler, 3 runs, punches uppishly, sends it in the same region, Rayudu had a lot of ground to cover to his left (from sweeper cover), but he does well to put in the dive and keep it down to three
6.4
4
Jadeja to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler's game keeps getting better and better! Employs one of the best tactics to play spin. Gets down on one knee and swats the reverse sweep from outside off, right in the gap behind point, sweeper cover can't get there
6.3
1
Jadeja to Samson, 1 run, flatter outside off, pushed to long-off
6.2
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, easy lines for Buttler, works it into the mid-wicket pocket for a single
6.1
0
Jadeja to Buttler, no run, 99ks, darted in, Buttler opens the bat face and forces it as far as backward point
5.6
0
SN Thakur to Samson, no run, hit 140s consistently did Shardul Thakur this entire over, once again Samson relies on his lazy elegance and picks out the man at cover with a punch
5.5
0
SN Thakur to Samson, no run, fuller than the good length, Samson drives but can't find the middle, straight to cover
5.4
0
SN Thakur to Samson, no run, short and wide at 141ks, no feet from Samson, just wields his willow and ends up chopping it in front of cover-point
5.3
0
SN Thakur to Samson, no run, back of a length around off, Samson gets forward slightly and punches to mid-off
5.3
1
SN Thakur to Samson, wide, 140ks, sliding down, snicks Samson's pads and lobs to Dhoni, but the umpire thinks otherwise. Deems it as a wide

Most catches off a bowler in T20 League as a fielder:
16 Pollard off Harbhajan
12 Raina off Bravo
12 Raina off Jadeja *
11 AB de Villiers off Chahal

5.2
1
SN Thakur to Buttler, 1 run, pitched up, Buttler works this slightly wide of mid-on and scampers across for a quick single
5.1
0
SN Thakur to Buttler, no run, fuller at the stumps, Buttler forces it off the bottom hand to mid-on

Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, no spin on this, Buttler drives wide of mid-off and keeps strike
4.5
1
Jadeja to Samson, 1 run, slider on off-stump, Samson's off the mark with a firm push to mid-off

Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.4
0
Jadeja to Rahane, out Caught by Raina!! Spin, spin and spin. Ah, this is going to be some contest. Jaddu gets enough rip off the pitch, lands it around the ideal length and gets some purchase off the surface, hits the seam and turns just enough to kiss the outside edge. Raina at first slip has bucket hands, he doesn't miss many, does he? Rahane was caught in two minds there, wasn't fully forward neither back, just hung in there and poked at it. Late spot: The ball deflected off Dhoni's glove before it lobbed up to Raina. Rahane c Raina b Jadeja 4(3) [4s-1]

Jadeja to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.3
4
Jadeja to Rahane, FOUR, dragged short and drifting down, Rahane clears his front leg and helps it away through backward square
4.2
0
Jadeja to Rahane, no run, looks to turn a quicker delivery into the leg-side, manages a soft leading edge back down the pitch
4.1
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, slower outside off, Buttler hangs back and taps to cover

Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.6
0
Harbhajan to Stokes, out Bowled!! Stokes is livid, yells out all the frustration after he missed the shot. Looks to charge at the bowler and exposes his cards way too early in the process, Bhajji fires it in quickly to defeat Stokes's bat swing and hit the middle of middle. Stokes b Harbhajan 11(7) [4s-1 6s-1]

Harbhajan to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

3.5
6
Harbhajan to Stokes, SIX, nothing wild about this one, sets himself on one knee and launches Bhajji for a many-a-mile over mid-wicket. Clean as a whistle
3.4
4
Harbhajan to Stokes, FOUR, makes room once again and swings wildly, the drift picks the thick inside edge and runs fine of the keeper to his right
3.3
0
Harbhajan to Stokes, no run, MSD is claiming a catch. The umpires get together for a chat. Soft signal is out. Fair delivery, Stokes dragged it off the inside edge and hit him on the side of the boot, but side-on replays clearly show that the ball hit the ground before Dhoni gathered the rebound. Not out it wil be. It was floated up well outside off, Stokes wanted to go straight and had to drag it off the inside edge due to lack of pace

A slip for Stokes!

3.2
1
Harbhajan to Buttler, 1 run, dips just in front of Buttler's pads, he shuffles a tad to flick that through mid-wicket
3.1
4
Harbhajan to Buttler, FOUR, that's so effortlessly done! So, its a short ball on middle, Buttler jumps back to create that extra leeway on the leg-side, spots the ball and punches it crisply through mid-wicket. Easy peasy
2.6
1
Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run, pushed through outside off, eased down to long-off
2.5
4
Jadeja to Buttler, FOUR, this is batting of the highest class from Jos Buttler! Steps outside leg to create room and lifts it nonchalantly over extra cover. The timing on that takes cares of the rest
2.4
0
Jadeja to Buttler, no run, cuts and can't get it past backward point
2.3
1
Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, drifting in at a slower pace, Stokes mows it through mid-wicket
2.2
0
Jadeja to Stokes, no run, tries a cheeky reverse sweep, but Jaddu has fired it flat outside off. No dice
2.1
0
Jadeja to Stokes, no run, sprays a slider down leg, Stokes looks to send it fine with a paddle, but doesn't get bat on ball. Dhoni disoldges the bails, but Stokes is safe

Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

1.6
0
Harbhajan to Buttler, no run, confusion, confusion, but Stokes is safe! Turned to square leg, Stokes wanted a single, but Buttler was a bit hesitant to take off. The throw came in flat to the bowler, but Bhajji failed to collect it cleanly. Would have been all over for Stokes
1.5
6
Harbhajan to Buttler, SIX, halfvolley, dispatched! Loads it up full and bowls straight, Buttler uses those long levers to smack the life out of that leather. All the way over long-on
1.4
4
Harbhajan to Buttler, FOUR, reverse slap. Buttler is not hanging back. Makes his intentions clear, sees the ball outside off and times the pants of it, got it in the gap too. Just behind backward point
1.3
0
Harbhajan to Buttler, no run, flatter and quicker on middle, forces Buttler on the back foot and gets him to block

Stokes opening for the first time in his T20 career (103* matches)

1.2
4
Harbhajan to Buttler, FOUR, drifts on Buttler's pads and gets picked away, wasn't a controlled shot that, but Buttler made enough contact off the bat to send it fine past the keeper
1.1
0
Harbhajan to Buttler, no run, fuller at 87ks on off stump, pushed back to the right of the bowler

Harbhajan Singh, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Willey to Buttler, 1 run, uses soft hands this time, just drops the ball in front of point and calls for a quick single. Smart batting this from Buttler. Just the start RAJ wanted...
0.5
0
Willey to Buttler, no run, the offcutter, pitches on back of a length and grips slightly to hammer Buttler on the thigh pad after he fails to tuck
0.4
0
Willey to Buttler, no run, cuts his pace and bowls it around the off-stump channel, Buttler hops and bunts it back
0.3
4
Willey to Buttler, FOUR, brilliant hand-eye co-ordination. Willey continues to bowl short and wide, Buttler set himself up early on this occasion, raced away off the sweet spot behind point
0.2
4
Willey to Buttler, FOUR, we have seen this in the last game! Anything short and Buttler will pounce on it. Gets another back of a length dart wide of off-stump, he transfers his weight onto the back foot and drills it wide of mid-off
0.1
4
Willey to Buttler, FOUR, that's a gimme! No room for error when you are bowling to Jos Buttler. He likes it short and gets some width to work too, just stands back and stabs the ball through the off-side ring

Buttler and Stokes are at the crease. Buttler is on strike. Willey will open the attack