Jos Buttler leads RR to a sensational win


"That's true, I think Jos has been taking the innings forward on his own in the last four innings and it is time for someone to step up in middle order", Unadkat said, after his team's four-wicket win on Friday kept them alive in the race to the playoffs.

Sunrisers arrived in Pune with a flawless record batting first, having successfully defended118, 132, 146 and 151.

The things started the ideal way for the superkings as both of their openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu were enjoying the Hyderabad bowlers. None of the SRH bowlers - with the exception of Rashid Khan - could contain Rayudu and Watson and only halfway through their defence, the visitors found themselves out the contest. The first phase was won by Chennai with Deepak Chahar, returning after recovering from a hamstring injury, utilising helpful conditions in a spell of 4-0-16-1. The swing was not there, that was a surprise. That was courtesy Dwayne Bravo, who first foxed Dhawan with a slower ball, and then ran across swiftly in the deep to catch Williamson the very next ball. On Sunday, opener Alex Hales was dismissed for a laborious two from nine balls. MS Dhoni cleverly gave him a change of ends to sync his outswing with the wind in Pune after giving him the customary first over.

Fortunes swung both sides in the first half of the match. On Sunday, he went past 500 runs for the season, the fourth consecutive season Sunrisers' captain has gone past that mark. Once Dhawan and Williamson started looking risky they were dismissed in successive overs by Bravo and Shardul Thakur respectively to pull things back.

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Buttler has scored 415 runs in 11 matches for the Royals this season at an average of just over 46. But his batting never looked as smooth and effortless it has this season.

The last ball of those seven overs was a slower ball from Bravo - a predictable one arguably - but it arrived so slowly that Dhawan was nearly through his second shot - a ramp - by the time the ball reached him. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (1-29 in four overs) was the most impressive as he got Raina with a googly which the southpaw tried to slog sweep against the turn. Shane Watson 29 (17) and Ambati Rayudu 14 (13) has given their team a good start.

One-day specialist Buttler surpassed his previous T20 highest score of 82 with 11 fours and two sixes in his blistering innings. Manish Pandey continued with his poor form as he got out for 5 in the 19th over as the Sunrisers added 49 runs from the final five overs.

There was a six over long-off Harbhajan Singh along with a backfoot punch through mid-wicket. Rayudu hit him for four. "We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl". He struck 7 boundaries and 7 sixes en route to his maiden ton.