IPL 2018: Jos Buttler says prior experience of Wankhede wicket helped him

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Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler saves the day for his franchise again. The right-handed batsman played a blistering knock of 94 runs off just 53 balls that helped Rajasthan beat Mumbai by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

On a batting pitch where almost batsmen struggled to score runs freely, Buttler played a knock as if he was playing on a different pitch altogether. He smashed a total of 5 sixes and 9 boundaries and helped his team chased down the total of 168 runs. Jos Buttler, who was part of Mumbai Indians till last year, explains how his previous experiences of playing at the venue helped him.

Jos Buttler says his prior experience of playing at Wankhede helped him. (image source: Indiatoday.in via BCCI)

The familiarity of the wicket helped me, says Jos Buttler

Speaking at the post-match press conference, England’s wicket-keeper batsman says his prior experience of the pitch helped him a lot. “I found some good form in the tournament and I’m trying to keep it going. Bit of do-or-die situation for us. I’ve spent a lot of time batting in the middle order, so I try to be there till the end. Our bowlers bowled very well and restricted them to about 15 runs less. The familiarity of the ground and the wicket helped me today. Looking forward to the next game”, says Jos Buttler who has equalled the record of Virender Sehwag of scoring 5 consecutive half-centuries in the IPL.

Rahane hailed the efforts but asks for improvement in the field

Rajasthan Royals won the 6 game of the tournament. With the victory over Mumbai Indians, team’s captain Ajinkya Rahane was happy with the overall performance of the team but still points out about improvements in the fielding. “It’s a great win for all of us. 168-169 on this wicket was 10-15 runs short. Jofra’s couple of wickets in that over changed the game actually. We didn’t get a partnership in the earlier games but we knew that if we get one early on, it’ll be easy to chase. The discussion before the game was to get used to the wicket as soon as possible. There’s room for improvement in the fielding department. I want the boys to stand up and do well in that”, says Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane.

With the victory over Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals have still kept the hopes alive for making it to the playoffs. The team now has to win both two of their remaining fixtures to qualify for the playoffs.