Opting to bat, Chennai Super Kings lost Ambati Rayudu (12) to Jofra Archer's first ball but Raina started off in brilliant fashion by flicking Archer to deep square leg and capitalizing on a free-hit with a carved drive to square third man. But it was one of those must win game them and they have to win all of their remaining games as well to qualify for the playoffs. Rohit Sharma isn't far behind with 267 runs in this season and needs 33 more runs to level Raina's feat.
Krishnappa Gowtham's 4-ball 13 had set up things for Buttler coming into the last over and the English global kept his nerves to complete a phenomenal day. And by the time Watson fell in the 12th to Jofra Archer, the partnership had already extended to 86 off 56 deliveries. While Stokes got out early, Buttler looked set for a big one. In their last league outing (on May 5), they had demolished Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Archer was the pick of the RR bowlers with figures of 2/42.
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Despite having found success as recently as Tuesday, the Royals need to be at their best against the Super Kings, who have an all-condition batting unit.
The game will also see Rajasthan Royals taking the field with a pink jersey (to promote Cancer awareness). He hit Harbhajan Singh for two boundaries and a six in the next over.
The next stop: Both teams face tantalising matches in their next outing, Chennai hosting ladder-leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night desperate not to drop a second-straight game. The likes of skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, and Sanju Samson need to step up if they are to pose a challenge to high-flying CSK. Notably, CSK are sitting on the second spot with 14 points from 10 matches. For a team that is filled with players who are on wrong side of 30, it has been a fantastic season with different match winners in different games.