Morgan Hails 'World-Class' Buttler After Third T20I Win

Morgan Hails 'World-Class' Buttler After Third T20I Win Photo: TT
India's captain Virat Kohli, left, watches as England's Jonny Bairstow, center, and Jos Buttler walk off the field after their win in the third Twenty20 cricket match between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium

England captain Eoin Morgan has praised teammate Jos Buttler after his match-winning knock in their eight-wicket victory over India in the third T20 International in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Buttler smashed 83no from 52 deliveries including four sixes and five fours as England chased down India’s target of 6-156 with 10 balls to spare.

Earlier, India slumped with the bat in the powerplay, slipping to 3-24 as Mark Wood took two early wickets, before Virat Kohli rescued the innings with 77no from 46 balls.

However, England’s chase was excellent despite losing Jason Roy (9) and Dawid Malan (18) with low strike rates, as Buttler took the lead with support from Jonny Bairstow (40no from 28).

“Jos is a world-class player and he has averaged upwards of 50 and striking at 150 at the top,” Morgan said.

“There’s very little you have to say to Jos. He’s been in incredible form and he’s a great leader within our group.”

Buttler added: “It just felt like a good time to attack (at the top).

“It was nice to chance my arm a bit. The first six off got me up and running and gave me confidence.”

Meanwhile, defeated captain Kohli now stars down the barrel of a series defeat with his side 2-1 down.

“The pitch was tacky, but they had extra pace and hit good areas,” Kohli said.

“The key was partnerships and we had one little partnership. Even Hardik (Pandya) in the first half, it was not easy to hit through the line.

“The England bowlers attacked right lines and lengths and with their pace they became more potent. We lacked intensity in the second half.”

Ben somerford
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