Buttler spurs Rajasthan to 15-run IPL win

Buttler spurs Rajasthan to 15-run IPL win

"I want to get as many runs as I can in the powerplay".

He lost his opening partner Chris Gayle (1) on the first ball of the third over. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com.

The home team, however, staged a strong fightback with the ball as it restricted Kings XI Punjab to 143 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.

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.

They will remain third in the points table and still have a bright chance of making it to the play-offs but KXIP's batting woes should given Ashwin and team director Virender Sehwag some sleepless nights. Skipper Ashwin came on in the eighth over and Mujeeb Ur Rahman's introduction in the 10th over resulted in an engrossing contest in the middle between slow bowlers and strokeplayers. A half-century stand then ensued between Buttler and the talented Sanju Samson (22) but the run-rate dropped as the Royals batsmen, including Buttler, struggled to find the boundaries. The noisy crowd appreciated in good measure as Royals reached 100 off 12.3 overs.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane was not so impressive with bat as he was sent back to the pavillion by Tye at 9 in the 4th over.

Kings XI were chasing a modest total of 153 at Holkar but they did not have the best of the starts.

The visitors kept losing wickets with Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel falling at regular intervals. Mujeeb then removed Buttler caught behind.

Rahul- After his match winning knock and the form that he is in now, it would be silly to drop him. He got to his fifty with some classical cricketing shots sending bowlers on a leather hunt all around the ground. But Rajasthan will look to put their bit to win this match and keep their hopes alive for qualifying for the playoffs. In the six overs immediately after the Powerplay, Sodhi bowled three and conceded only eight runs. He ended the night with figures of 2/12 and an economy of just 4.00 after three overs. "Really happy, the way we played". I thought 160-170 was going to be a very good score. He spoke about the powerplays, during the chase, that led to the final outcome.

After Over 15: RR - 120 runs with the loss of 3 Wickets. Overall, the bowling unit was fantastic. "It was important that we enjoy this victory and move forward", said Rahane.

R Ashwin: I wanted to lose the toss.



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