Talking about his match-winning innings against CSK on Monday night, Rajasthan Royal's Jos Buttler said that he batted with more intensity while scoring an unbeaten 70 off 48 balls. Australia’s Steve Smith, who batted along with Buttler, scored an unbeaten 26 off 34 balls. While Smith anchored Rajasthan Royal's run chase calmly, Buttler took a fierce approach and knocked the ball all around.
Earlier, CSK batsmen's poor performance resulted in the team scoring a paltry 126 with their highest run-getter Ravindra Jadeja scoring 35 off 30 balls. MS Dhoni, in his 200th IPL innings, couldn’t bring out his magic once again. The target was very low even for a team like Rajasthan Royals which has been struggling so far this year.
RR beat CSK as Buttler rises to the occasion: Key Points
- "Nice to get a win on the board tonight. I tried to come out with some intensity in my batting. I didn't think I had enough last game and I decided to take a few more options tonight, and it came off," the England wicket-keeper said after making the top score of the match here.
- "You have to keep trusting yourself and particularly when there's no scoreboard pressure, you can play yourself in and let cut loose in the end. I'm happy (batting at No.5) to do whatever the team needs to me do. This is my role for now," said the 30-year-old player.
- RR captain Steve Smith, who scored 26 not out off 34 balls, praised Buttler and said he took the pressure off his head.
- "Sharjah is a little different from here. The wicket was stopping, not the best for batting, and good to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure," Smith said.
- "Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me. I just knocked it around, and he just batted the way he usually does. He always maintains a good strike-rate. I didn't know I'd nicked the ball [on to the pads for LBW decision], but I was relieved to see that I had," he said.