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RR in excellent health

Jos Buttler led the Rajasthan Royals to an incredible two-wicket triumph against the Kolkata Knight Riders today, pulling off the highest run chase in the history of the Indian Premier League. He swung his bat, abandoning his route to a 60-ball 107.

In front of a crowded Eden Gardens, Sunil Narine, asked to bat first, led hosts KKR to a commanding 223/6 with 109 off 56 balls.

However, Buttler had other plans as he guided RR, who required 46 runs in the last three overs and 28 in 12 balls, from a shaky 121/6 in the 13th over to the goal of 224 off the final ball.

In a battle for the top of the table, Narine led KKR’s drive by hitting first on a new pitch and smashing a 49-ball century. Narine was finally defeated by Trent Bolt, but not before the opener hit 13 fours and six sixes, demonstrating incredible confidence and talent against one of the finest IPL assaults.

Narine batted till the 18th over, putting up an 85-run partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) and then 51 runs with Andre Russell (13). It was a one-man show.

Buttler, however, was the last to laugh, as Narine’s first T20 hundred was a bust.

The England white-ball skipper, who was sidelined by a niggle in the last game, led the chase with remarkable accuracy, hitting nine fours and six sixes in total. Buttler shown minimal jitters despite the fact that wickets were tumbling at the other end and RR was reduced to 186/8 in the 18th over. With 28 needed from the last two overs, Buttler needed to be astute, and he was.

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