While talking about the challenge of facing the formidable Super Kings, Royals’ batting coach Amol Muzumdar referred to the meeting between the sides here last year.
The Royals weren’t in a plight dissimilar to the present one. They needed to win stay live. And win — or rather, stun — they did. The four-wicket victory, with a ball to spare, was fashioned by Jos Buttler.
The unbeaten 95 (60b) by the destructive opener from England played was one of the best innings of the last IPL. It was his fourth straight fifty in the tournament; he would make his fifth two days later against Mumbai — 94 not out (53b).
From the brink of elimination, he would lead the Royals to the Playoffs.