Jos Buttler was chuffed to bits following his match-winning knock of 48-ball 70 not-out against the Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Buttler, who has had an indifferent IPL 2020 campaign thus far, came into bat with his side Rajasthan Royals reeling following a top-order collapse thanks to Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood.
With Steve Smith struggling at the other end, Rajasthan Royals needed their ace batsman to rise to the occasion.
Jos Buttler started off cautiously and scored 28 runs off his first 23 balls. With the score reading 3-55 after 11 overs, the Royals needed to up the ante to ensure that the game did not go into the final few overs.
And, that is exactly what the England swashbuckler did. Buttler took the attack to Shardul Thakur in the 12th over, smashing him for a four and a six, post which he found another gear to his batting. He smashed Piyush Chawla for three consecutive boundaries to notch up his second 50 of the season and by then the chase was effectively killed.
Buttler scored his last 42 runs in a mere 25 balls, ensuring the match was sealed in the 18th over.
Jos Buttler was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ and this is what he had to say in the post-match interview-
”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. 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 number 5) to do whatever the team needs to me do. This is my role for now,”