It wasn’t my most fluent innings but I tried to hang in tough: Jos Buttler on his slow start in Qualifier 1

Rajasthan Royals lost Qualifier 1 to Gujarat Titans by seven wickets. The Royals will play Qualifier 2 against the winner of the Eliminator between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Jos Buttler in action during the Qualifier 1 between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans. (Courtesy of: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rajasthan Royals lost the Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Titans by 7 wickets
  • Jos Buttler scored top scorer for Rajasthan Royals with 89 out of 56
  • Rajasthan Royals plays Qualifier 2 against the winner of Eliminator

Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler had no qualms about accepting that he found it difficult to bat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 1 game against Gujarat Titans.

The Rajasthan-based franchise fell by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24. However, the Royals still have a shot at making it to the finals, when they play Qualifier 2 against the Eliminator winner between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

After winning the toss, Gujarat brought Titans skipper Hardik Pandya Rajasthan into the bat. Buttler couldn’t provide the start the Royals needed, as the Titans kept him quiet, scoring 39 of 38 balls. Buttler then took just 18 balls to score another 50 runs.

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“I found it hard to start with,” Buttler said after the game. “Then Sanju (Samson) came in and played fantastically well from ball one, so I tried to get him back on the attack for a while. He took a lot from me. It wasn’t my smoothest innings, but I tried to hang in tough and stay there, go a little at the end and ride my luck.

“What I was trying to do is just hold on. I know at some point I trust myself to get away. Today it came very late in the innings, sometimes you hope it comes early. But I was determined to fill It was a big game for us and batting first I wanted to make sure we put a good score on the board.

“Sometimes you just have to swallow your ego; if you find it hard, you find it hard. Don’t try to force it too much. Don’t panic. I know the opposition prefers that I panic and get So I’m just trying to hang on, bide my time and pick a match-up when I get it.”

It was the 16th that Buttler was finally able to improve his game when he broke four boundaries from Yash Dayal. The Englishman 89 out of 56 helped Rajasthan Royals to place 188/6. However, Gujarat Titans’ David Miller (68 not out on 38) and Pandya (40 not out on 27) chased the goal with three balls left.

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