Buttler on hand to help Royals claim much-needed win


Rajasthan Royals (RR) will don special pink coloured jersey instead of usual blue when they square off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 11, Friday.

Krishnappa Gowtham, too, fell quickly as he was sent back by Stoinis in the seventh over.

However from there, Butter and Sanju Samson turned things around for the hosts. Joffra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat went out for ducks and Buttler finally wilted as was stumped out for 82 runs.

The emotional four: On the same day his Grandmother passed away in the United Kingdom, Andrew Tye suited up for Kings XI and showed enormous courage with the ball. Another knuckle ball, Jofra Archer swings hard and gets a top edge.

"This was a tough surface when we saw the wicket at the toss".

Stuart Binny hit Tye for a six but Rajasthan simply lost their after a flying start.

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WICKET! The partnership is broken thanks to Mujeeb. Finds Manoj Tiwary at the boundary rope.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Tye, who fooled the batsman with a knuckle ball, inducing an edge to extra cover.

Despite a four-wicket haul from Australian bowler Andrew Tye, Jos Buttler smashed his third successive Indian Premier League half-century as Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs. RR now stands at 6 position with 8 points in 10 matches whereas KXIP remains in 3 position with 12 points in 10 matches. Instead of adopting his usual attacking strategy, Rahul opted for a more patient knock with Punjab chasing a tricky target. However, Ajinkya Rahane's men will be aiming to start afresh when they return to their home turf, where they have picked up two of their three victories so far.

Batting first, it was the same old story for Rajasthan Royals - One batsman contributing and setting the stage for a big total, the others squandering the opportunity and the team ending with a subpar total.

Rajasthan Royals, which made three changes to its line-up from the previous match, pushed Krishnappa Gowtham to number three in search of quick runs after the early exit of captain Rahane.

The lone hand: KL Rahul's stunning form for Kings XI continued with an unbeaten-95 very almost helping his side to an unlikely victory.