[caption id="attachment_710223" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Gallery-Jos-Buttler-recorded-his-3rd-consecutive-50-PTI2.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-710223" alt="Jos Buttler, RR, KXIP, IPL 2018" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Gallery-Jos-Buttler-recorded-his-3rd-consecutive-50-PTI2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Jos Buttler recorded his 3rd consecutive 50 PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rajasthan-royals">Rajasthan Royals</a> (RR) successfully defended 158 against the strong <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kings-xi-punjab">Kings XI Punjab </a>(KXIP) batting line up in Match 40 of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League">Vivo IPL 2018</a>. The total was set up by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jos-buttler/ ">Jos Buttler</a>, promoted to open batting two games ago, recorded his third consecutive half-century. Buttler raced to his fifty in 27 balls, and thereafter played steadily for his 82. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sanju-samson/">Sanju Samson</a> was the only other RR batsman who went past 20. In response, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul/">KL Rahul </a>fought hard for his 95 not out but failed to take his team home this time as RR won by 15 runs. <p></p> <p></p>In the post match presentation Buttler admitted that he enjoys the role of opening: "Nice change for me; wasn't quite working in the middle. Didn't capitalize on a few good opportunities. Change in position worked wonders." <p></p> <p></p>He also explained why he slowed down after the initial onslaught: "It was as hard to work out what a good score is. After the powerplay, you thought 180 is a good total but then it started to spin. You were never quite at home (on this pitch). With the field up, you've a lot of options. With the ball hard, opening position is a very good place to bat. Boys played well as a team, so we can take that confidence in the next game."