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, 201398 A Rahane v PUN, 201295*KL Rahul v RAJ, 201895*J BUTTLER v CHN, 2018
Highest targets chased down in Jaipur:197 RAJ v HYD, 2012179 RAJ v PUNE, 2013177 RAJ v CHN, 2018 *172 RAJ v BLR, 2013
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, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dwayne Bravo to Binny, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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?
Very tense out there.
David Willey [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Openers unbeaten in unsuccessful chases this T20 League:95* KL RahulL v RAJ, Jaipur, 201892* V Kohli v MUM, Mumbai WS, 201865* A Rahane v HYD, Jaipur, 2018Will Buttler be the fourth?
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
Buttler can't do it alone here. Someone will have to step up
Ravindra Jadeja [3.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
Stuart Binny, right handed bat, comes to the crease
SN Thakur to Chopra, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Prashant Chopra, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dwayne Bravo to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
David Willey [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Fifty-plus scores in most successive innings:5 V Sehwag for DEL in 20124 V Kohli for BLR in 20164 J BUTTLER for RAJ in 2018 *
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
Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack
Karn Sharma, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Most catches off a bowler in T20 League as a fielder:16 Pollard off Harbhajan12 Raina off Bravo12 Raina off Jadeja *11 AB de Villiers off Chahal
Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jadeja to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Harbhajan to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
A slip for Stokes!
Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Stokes opening for the first time in his T20 career (103* matches)
Harbhajan Singh, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Buttler and Stokes are at the crease. Buttler is on strike. Willey will open the attack