IPL 2018: It is Special to Perform When Family is Here, Says Man of the Match Jos Buttler

Published - 12 May 2018, 02:55 AM | Updated - 12 May 2018, 02:57 AM

Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Donning the pink jersey for Cancer Out initiative on the humanitarian grounds, Rajasthan Royals started fresh and looked like a different team altogether at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The hosts had to win this particular game against a strong Chennai Super Kings (CSK) outfit – to stay in the contention and they did just that on Friday (May 11) night.

MS Dhoni
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Chasing 177 to win the game, Jos Buttler anchored the innings after the side lost two quick wickets in the form of Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane.

But with Sanju Samson getting a start, Buttler held one end in solid fashion. He registered 11 fours and two sixes and remained unbeaten to see his side beat the favorites CSK by four wickets.

Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

For Chennai, Suresh Raina top scored with a gritty fifty while Shane Watson once again provided a good start with the bat. But their bowling turned out to be disappointing. Harbhajan Singh went for 29 off his two overs while David Willey conceded 47 off his four.

Dwayne Bravo, who is a death-over specialist went for plenty in his last over.

Jos Buttler Shane Warne IPL 2018
Jos Buttler says Shane Warne has had a huge influence on the team. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Buttler seals win in style to take a sweet revenge –

When asked if it was the finest knock that he has ever played in the IPL, the opener Buttler agreed without giving a second thought to it.

The Englishman Jos Buttler has been in good form. He was dropped once by MS Dhoni but apart from that, the right-hand explosive batsman didn’t give a chance to the opposition.

“Definitely, especially in the IPL (your finest T20 innings?) I have hit my straps and it’s always special when you’re not out. As we’ve seen, the wicket plays very well in the first six overs. Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you feel it’s two hits. You just try to hold yourself, and my family is here, and it’s special to perform when my mum, wife, aunt, and uncle are here,” Buttler said after being adjudged the Man of the Match.