Bengaluru : Rising Pune Supergiant batsman Manoj Tiwary described his 27-run cameo as one of the turning points of his side’s IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore here and expressed happiness at the role he played in the win.

Tiwary struck 27 from just 11 balls after RPS suffered a middle order collapse to take the team score to 161 for 8. RPS then restricted RCB to 134 for 9 to notch up a 27-run win.

“There were lot of turning points. My innings at the end was important, that made 20-odd runs difference. We had a collapse in the middle order. We lost the momentum from there, Tiwary said.

“It was not easy for batsman to rotate the strike. Obviously my innings proved important to the team and also the contributions of others. It was a team effort,” he told reporters after the match.

Tiwary said he was not surprised with his side’s 161/8 after being sent into bat because he knew the wicket was very difficult to play on. He said the bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict RCB to 134 for nine.

Tiwary said reading bowlers’ mind was very important for him in the last phase of his side’s innings.

He said before coming into this IPL season, he had made up his mind to build innings and go for aggressive strokes at the same time to have good strike rate, which is very important for a batsman in shorter versions of the game.

On Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur, Tiwary said both bowled exceptionally well because it is not easy to bowl to Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and others.

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