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R Ashwin on Mankad controversy: I did not plan it, was within rules of the game

Ashwin said he had no argument to offer after a controversy erupted over his decision to Mankad Jos Buttler in Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals were cruising along at 108 for 1 in their chase of 185 before the incident – by the end of the night, RR had fallen short and KXIP had won their opening game of the 2019 Indian Premier League by 14 runs. “It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” Ashwin said.

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