After a humiliating defeat against Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler admitted that it is difficult to win T20 games after losing three wickets in Powerplay. The Royals suffered a 57-run defeat while chasing 194 runs set by the defending champions.
In pursuit of a mammoth total, Rajasthan Royals were reduced to 12 for three in a short time. Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah ran havoc and the Royals couldn’t recover from there. Jos Buttler, who was due for a big score, fired against Mumbai but lacked support from the other end.
We haven’t performed in Powerplays – Jos Buttler
Losing options, Buttler had to release the pressure and eventually got out after 44-ball 70 including four boundaries and five sixes. Speaking at the end of the game, Jos Buttler admitted that the top-order needs to fire to win T20 matches. The England batsman also said that they have just not managed to use the powerplays which have cost them the games.
“We have just not managed to come together as the top-order in the last three games, we have lost three wickets in the powerplay in the last few games and you don’t win many T20 matches from that position, of course, the powerplay is a time where you have to take the advantage of fielding restrictions, but as players, we haven’t performed but that can happen in T20 cricket,” Buttler said.
Meanwhile, speaking about his own performance, Jos Buttler said that he is still finding his touch and is far away from being at his best. However, he stated that spending some time in the middle will give him confidence ahead of the next games.
“I haven’t been feeling my best at the middle yet, I am finding my form a little bit, it was good for me to spend some time in the middle against Mumbai, hopefully, I can take some confidence and use that for the rest of the tournament,” Jos Buttler added.
Rajasthan Royals are currently in the seventh spot with four points from five matches in IPL 2020. They will play second-placed Delhi Capitals on October 9 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.