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Jos Buttler hits third consecutive fifty to boost Rajasthan Royals

Jos Buttler continued his magnificent form at the top of the order as he smashed his third consecutive fifty to boost Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab.

cricket Updated: May 08, 2018 21:24 IST
Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals bats during their Indian Premier League 2018 match against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals bats during their Indian Premier League 2018 match against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on Tuesday.(BCCI)
         

Jos Buttler’s promotion to open the batting has paid rich dividends for Rajasthan Royals again as he smoked his third consecutive fifty to give Ajinkya Rahane’s side a great start against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Tuesday. (RR v KXIP UPDATES)

Ever since he was promoted to the top of the order, the England wicketkeeper-batsman responded with knocks of 67 and 51 against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, respectively, and here, it was no different as he started off in aggressive fashion. (RR v KXIP SCORECARD)

Buttler got going in the very first over bowled by Marcus Stoinis as he hammered two consecutive boundaries, one a whip through deep square leg and a punch straight down the ground. Ravichandran Ashwin introduced left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel in the second over but it proved to be costly with Buttler lofting a drive inside-out to the extra cover fence. In the next ball, he connected even better and deposited it over the fence for the first six of the match.

The 27-year-old continued to bat aggressively, whacking Mohit Sharma for three boundaries and creaming two boundaries off Andrew Tye. Despite losing Ajinkya Rahane (9) and Krishnappa Gowtham (8) promoted up the order, Buttler did not slow down and notched up his fourth IPL fifty off 27 balls by nudging Ashwin to short fine leg for a quick single.

Buttler’s aggressive start has given Rajasthan Royals an ideal platform in a match where they must win to stay alive in the race for the play-offs.

The right-hander continued to bat aggressively and rotated the strike consistently against the spinners. On 79, he miscued a flighted delivery off Ashwin to long off but Akshdeep Nath dropped a tough catch. Having taken three runs, Buttler notched up his highest Twenty20 score but on 82, he was stumped by KL Rahul off Mujeeb Ur Zadran. Buttler’s aggressive knock has given Rajasthan Royals an ideal platform in a match where they must win to stay alive in the race for the play-offs.