England’s opening batsman Jason Roy was the lone highlight of the second T20I against India for the visitors as his 46 was the top-score in their total of 164/6. England lost the match by 7 wickets, as Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, and Rishabh Pant helped India chase down the runs with more than 2 overs to spare.
Despite India leveling the five-T20I series 1-1, Roy is confident that England can bounce back when the two teams meet in the 3rd match on March 16. He also lauded the Men in Blue’s performance in the second T20I and called them a class team.
I Am Very Confident That We Can Bounce Back, Though India Is A Class Team: Jason Roy
Jason Roy has been the star for England scoring 49 and 46 in two T20Is, often taking the attack to Indian bowlers in the powerplay overs, using his array of aerial shots to good effect. He said that he is pretty confident that the side would make a comeback in the third T20I against India.
“I am very confident that we can bounce back. India is a class team, but the way we started the series in the first game, was a bit more comprehensive than what they gave us last night. I think going into the third game, we are full of confidence, in the last eight overs of our batting yesterday, we found it a bit difficult, we are a fast learning side so I am confident that we will bounce back,” said Roy during a virtual press conference on Monday.
It Was A Slow And Tough Pitch: Jason Roy
England struggled to get going in the first innings, as Jos Buttler got out for a duck. And apart form Roy, there were contributions from Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Dawid Malan, but none of them went on to make a big score and take England closer to 200. Roy looked good for his 46 but got out to Washington Sundar.
“I learnt that I am staying on my shots a little bit more. You saw a couple of my reverse sweeps, I missed some of the balls but I rectified it during the course of my innings and it is just a pitch where you have to pick your bowler. Unfortunately, the bowler I picked got me out, Washington was the guy I was looking to target, unfortunately, it did not go my way. It was a slow and tough pitch, they made light work of it,” he added.
The third T20I of the series will be played on March 16 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.