England captain Eoin Morgan was a disappointed man in the post-match interview after his team succumbed to a seven-wicket mauling at the hands of the Virat Kohli-led Team India in the second T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
On a surface that was clearly two-paced, England batsmen struggled against the Indian seamers, who made brilliant use of their subtle variations and change of pace. Shardul Thakur especially made full use of the conditions courtesy of his off-cutters.
Morgan said that he is glad that his team was on such a surface but he was disappointed with England batsmen’s lack of adaptability. England managed just two boundaries in their last five overs and just 35 runs to post 6/164 in 20 overs, which proved to be inadequate as the likes of Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant and skipper Virat Kohli laid into their bowling attack.
Morgan conceded that batting second does favor teams statistically but he was disappointed by the fact that his bowlers weren’t able to counter the onslaught.
”We were probably in and around par, but India bowled well and there’s slightly less pace today on the pitch. They put us on the back foot from the start and pace off the ball is always challenging for players. I am glad we played on this wicket, but a little disappointed with the way we played. There’s always an advantage in chasing statistically and the disappointing area is we couldn’t counter the opposition attack in the first ten overs. The two guys at the top always try and be aggressive as they can and stick with the process,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match press conference.
Mark Wood, who was outstanding in the last game due to his raw pace, missed the second T2oI due to a niggle. His replacement Tom Curran proved to be ineffective as he was smashed for 26 runs in just two overs. Eoin Morgan made no bones about the fact that England missed Wood in the second T20I and hoped for the fast bowler’s return in the next game.
”We were always gonna miss him and hopefully he will be fit before the next game. We will be practicing and the next game is on red soil and there might be more turn,” said Morgan.