IPL 2018: Another record in sight for Jos Buttler after his match-winning knock against CSK

Can surpass Sehwag to hold the record.

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Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Kartik Bansal

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After his valiant effort to ride his team to victory in the encounter against CSK, Jos Buttler is eyeing yet another record in the IPL. Ever since the swashbuckling English wicket-keeper batsmen have been given the opportunity to open the innings, he seems to have changed the fortunes for the Jaipur-based franchise. In the four innings so far, he has smashed as many 50+ scores to lay the foundation for some huge totals for his team.

This was his 4th consecutive 50+ score in this edition of IPL as he equals the second-best record for most consecutive half-centuries in the history of the league. Buttler now joined Virat Kohli, who achieved this feat to score four consecutive half-centuries in a breakthrough year for the Indian skipper in 2016.

Can surpass Sehwag to hold the record

The 27-year old would now be eyeing to become the joint-holder of this feat, alongside Virender Sehwag and then may try a shot to surpass him in the next few innings. Sehwag, who scored five consecutive 50+ scores in 2012, led Delhi Daredevils to the top of the table. Buttler now has an opportunity to get past the former Indian opener if he continues his rich vein of form.

In the 11 matches played so far, he has 415 runs at an average of 46.11. With three games still to go before the playoffs, Rajasthan will be relying on to see many more batting assaults from their opener to keep them alive in the race for a spot in the top four. Butler scripted a perfect win for the Royals courtesy his 60-ball 95 to hand the visitors a defeat by four wickets at the Sawai Man Singh stadium at Jaipur.

Royals are next scheduled to play against the Mumbai Indians, who are riding high on confidence with wins in their previous few matches. It will be a battle of blues at the historic Wankhede Stadium on Sunday as both teams will look to keep the winning momentum going. It will be a homecoming for Butler, who previously played for Mumbai and will look to better his records from the previous game against them played in Jaipur.

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