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Pressure brings best out of me: MI batsman Rayudu

Mumbai, May 6 (IANS) After his unbeaten 49-run knock anchored his side to a five-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here, Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman Ambati Rayudu said pressure brings the best out of him.

“Pressure brings the best out of me. I stay a lot calmer when I have a target in mind and I know how to pace an innings. I am happy that I could do it today,” Rayadu was quoted as saying by after Tuesday’s match.

The right-hander remained unbeaten, scoring 49 off 40 balls after coming into bat under trying circumstances with MI struggling at 40/4 at the Wankhede stadium.

“We had lost four wickets and it was necessary at that point to bat till the end and take the game exactly how we planned it,” he said.

Speaking about the partnership with his skipper Rohit Sharma, he said, “There was no discussion as such, we were just trying to bat till the end. It was difficult to plan as such; but if there was a plan, it was to be there at the end.”

Known as someone who uses his long handle to good effect, Rayadu played an uncharacteristic innings curbing his usual flair.

“It comes with experience to be honest. That is what you learn as you grow as a batsman. It is not about hitting fours and sixes; you have to play according to the situation.

“I think once you are a seasoned cricketer you know how to handle situations and I am happy that I could do that today. And it gives me immense happiness to come out on top,” Rayudu expressed happiness at getting the job done.

On planning how they would chase the target down after Rohit got out, Rayudu added, “When it had come down to getting ten runs per over, all we had to do was hit one boundary an over and run the next five balls (for singles).

“It was exactly what we were doing till the 19th over. We wanted to leave around six or seven runs for the last over; we left eight and it was all about one hit in the next few balls.”

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