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Buttler and Smith put on 98* for the fourth wicket in the chase.

Buttler and Smith put on 98* for the fourth wicket in the chase.

Jos Buttler proved just why the decision to rejig the batting order and have him in the middle was a positive move for the Rajasthan Royals. He led the way with a half-century as the Royals picked up two crucial points against the Chennai Super Kings with a seven-wicket win and moved up to fifth on the points table.

After another familiar top-order collapse, Buttler's 48-ball 70, along with a labouring Steve Smith at the other end, took RR over the line with ease in a modest chase of 126, leaving CSK languishing at the bottom of the table.

The chase got tricky when...

...when Rajasthan's top order failed once again, even with a modest total to chase. Once again, as seen many a times in the tournament so far, RR were reduced to 28 for 3 within five overs with Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson back in the shed. Once again they needed the middle order to step up.

Did CSK, like RR, operate with the spinners?

No - they banked on their pacers to give them the rewards. Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood gave them the early wickets they were looking for. Stokes couldn't get his timing right at all. He drove Chahar to the boundary before the bowler pulled back the length just by a fraction to have the last laugh. Both pacemen were bowled out within nine overs of the innings.

Legspinner Piyush Chawla wasn't brought on until the 13th over, with Ravindra Jadeja having bowled just the one over for 9 runs. Chawla conceded 32 in his three as Buttler began to switch gears.

Did he go on to finish the game?

Yes, and in commanding fashion! Buttler took his time to get going, with a struggling Smith at the other end, but the two managed to put together an unbeaten 98-run stand. Under pressure to see the game through, Smith failed to middle the ball, battling it out on a 20-ball 8. Yet, he kept Buttler company, who eventually let loose, getting the big shots in for an unbeaten 48-ball 70 in a knock comprising of seven fours and two sixes. Smith remained moved on to finish with 28 off 34 balls.

A slow start for CSK...

CSK lost Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson inside the powerplay, making a slow start to their innings after opting to bat. Those early wickets at the other end forced Sam Curran to buckle down and play anchor. He couldn't make his start count for much either, falling to Shreyas Gopal in the ninth over. The fragile middle order stood exposed once again, leaving MS Dhoni - in his 200th IPL game - and Ravindra Jadeja to do the repair job in the crucial middle overs.

How good were RR in those middle overs?

Extremely good. Two legspinners - Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia - were operating in that phase. Not only did they pick the big wickets of Curran and Ambati Rayudu, they tied the batsmen down, giving away very little in the period. The period between overs 6 and 11 saw CSK score just 18 runs. Pace on the ball was relatively easier for the batsmen to score runs, but it was the spin twins that did the trick for RR. Shreyas returned 1-14, while Tewatia had 1-18.

What did they do right?

Hit the right lengths, slowed down their deliveries considerably to make it hard for the batsmen to hit with the pitch holding up a bit. "We understand each others' bowling well," said Gopal after CSK were restricted to just 125, with the pair conceding just 32 runs between themselves in eight overs. Gopal consistently bowled on a good length and darted in his googlies, while Tewatia mixed it up well. Dhoni and Jadeja saw off the two, without any boundary being scored off them, and would've hoped to accelerate in the latter half of the innings.

..and did they manage to?

No - they didn't. Although Dhoni and Jadeja added 51 runs, they consumed 46 deliveries to do so. Just 36 runs came from the final five overs, with CSK's total being the lowest for a team this year batting first. It was a disappointing finish considering that they had wickets in hand. Archer had a horror day in the field, but was hard to get away with his pace, bowling as many as 11 dots, while Kartik Tyagi, despite sticking to his strengths, conceded 35 in his four.

Jadeja seemed like the only batsman who showed any intent, who was unbeaten on 35. All in all, just 12 boundaries and a six were hit in CSK's innings.

What's next for RR and CSK?

RR are up against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday (October 22), while CSK take on the Mumbai Indians on Friday.

Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 125/5 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 28, Ravindra Jadeja 35*) lost to Rajasthan Royals 126/3 in 17.3 overs (Jos Buttler 70*; Deepak Chahar 2-18) by seven wickets.

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