Familiarity with Wankhede wicket helped me: Buttler

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Mumbai: Brimming with confidence after smashing his fifth successive half-century, THE in-form Jos Buttler said familiarity of the Wankhede track helped him score runs as Rajasthan beat Mumbai by seven wickets to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Buttler’s unbeaten 94 helped Rajasthan defeat defending champions Mumbai with two overs to spare keeping them firmly in contention of reaching the Play-offs.

“Nice to come back here, I enjoyed my time at Mumbai and it properly helped to know the conditions. The familiarity of the ground and the wicket helped me today. I’m in a good head-space and looking forward to the next game,” Buttler said at the post-match presentation ceremony

Buttler, who played for Mumbai in 2016 and 2017, has been in tremendous form scoring five consecutive half centuries, including unbeaten knocks of 94 and 95 in the previous two games against Mumbai and Chennai respectively. He also scored 82 against Punjab.

“I’m really enjoying it, found some good form, it’s a do-or-die situation and I’m full of confidence so want to keep it going,” the English batsman said.

The swashbuckling batsman is hoping his experience in the middle order will help him bat through the innings scoring more runs.

“I’ve spent a lot of time batting in the middle order, so if I can bat through the first six overs I can tie the two together. I try to be there till the end,” Buttler said.

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