Buttler said that given the way India batted in the last ten overs- they scored a whopping 126 runs- he felt that his bowlers did really well during the middle-overs.
England, thanks to the belligerence of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes made an absolute mockery of India’s total of 336, and Buttler, as expected, was full of praise for the duo.
“Delighted with the response of the guys. I thought we put in a very good bowling performance as well to restrict India to that total. Look at how well they played in the last 10 overs, so I thought the guys in the middle overs did well to restrict them. And then the guys came out and played fantastically well, the intent and partnerships from the start made it a brilliant chase,” said Jos Buttler in the post-match presentation.
“The openers have been a pillar of our strength for a long period of time. Delighted for Jonny and that partnership with Ben Stokes was brilliant to watch, as a fellow player and a fan. Some of the strokes they played and the commitment to play that way,’ he added.
England’s batting approach came under scrutiny in the last match after they lost their last ten wickets for a mere 116 runs after a swashbuckling start by their openers.
Buttler said that while they would want to play smart cricket, he asserted that England needs to commit to their style of play, something that has brought them so much success in the last six years.
“Some people talked about our way and if we need to be smarter – of course we want to play smart cricket but it’s important to commit to our style of play when the conditions suit. Moeen and Adil bowled well in tandem, great friends and they enjoy bowling together,” Buttler added.
”We’ve played on some good wickets here, and a winner takes all game at the end, so we’ll look forward to that,” he added.