Buttler's 95no keeps Rajasthan alive in IPL

Buttler's 95no keeps Rajasthan alive in IPL

Batting first, Chennai lost Ambari Rayudu (12) early as he played one onto the stumps off the bowling of Jofra Archer. So we would pick Sunrisers Hyderabad over Sunrisers.

Although Rajasthan remain sixth, a second victory on the bounce keeps them in touch on 10 points, with only run-rate separating them from fourth-placed Mumbai Indians. Hyderabad, on the other hand, has already secured its place in the playoffs and their eyes must be on strengthened themselves by winning another match. Most of the batsmen - Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina - have contributed whenever the team needed.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opening batsman returned to form with a stroke-filled 92 not out in a successful run chase against Delhi Daredevils, and will be an important member of the SRH side when they take on CSK.

Suresh Raina (2) went cheaply but captain MS Dhoni (20 not out) was with Rayudu at the end as Chennai won with an over still to spare.

The things started the ideal way for the superkings as both of their openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu were enjoying the Hyderabad bowlers.

With 393 runs from 10 innings, Dhoni has rewinded the clock.

They have to win their remaining four games to have any chance of making the play-offs. David Willey's off day against the Royals might just spur them to bring Ngidi back into the scheme of things.

But after the first four overs when Chennai conceded 48 runs, it was Dhoni who made some good bowling changes in his bid to slow the pace of the game.

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Kane Williamson's Sunrisers come to this fixture with an incredible form in recent times.

The orange army is capable of putting huge totals as well as defending low scores.

But it is in their versatile bowling attack, the Sunrisers have been the pick of the teams.

The spinners have been well supported by the pace department led by fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Siddarth Kaul. "We got Stokes early but could not get Buttler who settled down nicely and got the momentum in the first six overs".

On the other hand, Raina, who was then accompanied by skipper Dhoni, slammed his half century facing 32 balls however, the southpaw threw his wicket when he failed to read a googly by Ish Sodhi, giving an easy catch to Stuart Binny at short-fine leg.

Come Sunday, it could be another edge of the seat match for fans when the top two teams of the cash-rich league square-off in a crucial tie.

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