Ahead of an important encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium which can potentially improve the table ranking of the Rajasthan Royals, star batsman Jos Buttler said that his team needs to manage the middle overs better in order to consistently succeed on the pitch.
Speaking ahead of the game, the World Cup winner said: "It has been a frustrating start to the season for us. We have not had the results we would have liked. I think we have played well in phases but have not been able to put games to bed with the bat, ball, or in the field. We have let ourselves down in certain situations and given the points table we need to get it right as soon as possible to make sure that we are still challenging to make the playoffs. Every game is a new opportunity for someone to stand up and put in a great performance and we know in T20 cricket, anything can happen and things tend to turn around very quickly."
A 7-wicket loss against Mumbai meant the Royals remained 7th in the table with six games played, but Sunday's match can potentially help them climb up the ladder.
"We know we need to put in consistent performances if we want to have a shot at the playoffs. We need to work hard, it is a tough competition. There are some great teams in here and we need to work hard with our practice and preparations going into the games. Sanju's been very consistent in his messaging and how he wants us to play, express ourselves and make sure we enjoy the tournament," said Buttler.
The experienced batsman also reckons that playing successive afternoon matches might help the Royals. "We have seen and experienced how the pitch behaved in our last game, and I reckon we have a fair bit of an idea as to what to expect from the conditions now. The pitch looks like it can pretty much remain the same throughout the 40 overs, so we are confident we can take the learnings from our last match and apply ourselves to the best of our abilities tomorrow," he added.
Sunday's tie will be the first time the two teams lock horns this season, and Buttler says his team will be wary of the threat that their opponents carry.
"I think Sunrisers have a really strong team. They have got some fantastic players, the likes of Rashid Khan, Warner, and Williamson. We know that on their day they can be one of the best teams in the competition, and we will be wary of that. It is important for us to manage the in-game situations well, and execute our plans with full focus and determination, along with being a bit ruthless when we have the opportunity to be," signed off the 30-year-old.
Rajasthan Royals face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
( With inputs from ANI )
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