Abu Dhabi: Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Jose Butler admitted that his team’s top-order batsmen failed to perform well in the last three matches, which shocked their positive campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Royals lost to defending champions Mumbai Indians by 57 runs in the previous match. Only Butler (70) was able to contribute to this match played on Tuesday.
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Butler said in the virtual press conference after the match, ‘Our top order batsmen could not perform well in the last 3 matches. We lost 3 wickets in Powerplay on some occasions and in T20 cricket in such a situation you cannot win more matches.
He said, “Of course you can take advantage of the fielding restrictions in Powerplay but as a player we could not do well but in T20 cricket it can happen.” The Royals had a target of 194 runs, but their score was 12 runs for 3 wickets at one time. Despite Butler’s innings, his team was dismissed for 136 runs.
Butler said, ‘We lost wickets. Mumbai bowled really well and we could not bowl the innings. As a batsman you are weak at the beginning of the innings and as a top order batsman we could not cope well with the initial bowling.
Suryakumar Yadav from Mumbai scored 79 not out off 47 balls. Butler praised this batsman. He said, ‘He (Suryakumar) played a great innings. We could not control it. He really used his crease very well and he is a great player, we have not been able to execute his strategy properly in front of him but he gets full credit. ‘