Mumbai Indians batsman Jos Buttler believes that winning the toss against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium, which wicket was especially assisting the batsmen, was proved a big advantage for his side.
With the help of Hashim Amla's maiden IPL century, Kings XI Punjab posted a mammoth total of 198/4, but Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana played the match-winning innings and helped MI to clinch an eight-wicket victory over the hosts in an Indian Premier Match on Thursday.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Buttler said, “It was a good wicket and with the boundary being so short in this ground, winning the toss was a big advantage for us.”
Buttler further added, “The Kings XI Punjab’s score of 198 looked quite good, but we got off to a great start and it just shows that you never quite know what a good score is nowadays. When you are chasing a score around 200, it is important to get a good start and luckily, me and Parthiv (Patel) were able to score a lot of runs in the first six overs.”
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The English batsman was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’ for his explosive innings of 77 off 37 balls. Delighted Buttler stated, “I am absolutely delighted. I have been in good touch throughout the tournament but today, I was able to convert it into a big score that contributed to my team’s win.”
This was Mumbai Indians’ fifth consecutive successful chase in this season of the IPL and they are placed at the top of the IPL points table with 10 points. And Buttler credited team’s combined effort for their flawless record.
The English batsman stated, “Our guys are in real good form. We have won some games from potentially losing situations this time and it could not have been possible without everyone’s contribution. Hardik (Pandya) has been very good for us and Nitish (Rana) has also been great and as a result, no target is too big for us.”
Buttler said that Mumbai Indians are not looking to experiment a lot as they went against Kings XI Punjab with an unchanged squad and that has been the trend for MI this season.
He concluded, “The decision will be taken by the coach and the team management. Personally, I think the conditions will dictate the team selection and we would love to get our combination right every single time.”