Jos Buttler (83) and Jonny Bairstow (43) helped England to comfortably chase down a target of 157 in the 3rd T20I in Ahmedabad on Tuesday as the visitors took a 2-1 series lead.
WHO SAID WHAT?
Virat Kohli | India captain: If that helps the team, then sure. You don’t want to play knocks which don’t help the team in any way. It was a bit difficult to bat against the new ball. Their bowlers were hitting good areas. We got one little partnership, it was important for me to bat deep. The case was to get set and try to get a decent total. I was going through a lean patch two days back. He (KL Rahul) has been a champion player. He will continue to be one of our main players along with Rohit at the top of the order. It’s a matter of five-six balls in this format. If you lose the toss, embrace what’s been asked of you. England bowlers were brilliant with the new ball, made our lives difficult. We tried to come back, I don’t think our body language in the second innings. You need to figure out which other all-rounder can be featured. With the ball, Hardik is coming along nicely.
Eoin Morgan | England captain: The carry we saw throughout the whole game, it was surprising. Our guys don’t find it too hard to adjust. First half of our bowling was exceptional. The wicket stayed similar. When there’s one short side, you don’t know what’s a good score. It’s just the dynamics of T20 cricket. Jos is a world-class player, we are very lucky to have him. He competes with the best when it comes to opening the batting. He’s a great leader within our group. He’s a great friend of mine. The words he said really warmed my heart and I am very grateful for that.
Jos Buttler | Player of the Match: It was nice to spend time in the middle. It was a great team performance. We got some good partnerships to see us home. People don’t expect me to attack spinners, so I tried to take it on. It was nice to chance my arm today against Chahal. First six off Chahal got me off and running. We managed to have a good powerplay. I tried to get across what a special achievement it is to play 100 matches and what he’s (Morgan) done for English white ball cricket. Eoin’s taken our white ball fortunes to a completely new place we’ve never been before.