England captain Eoin Morgan said that he was surprised with the bounce that the red-soil pitch in Ahmedabad generated after his team romped home to an eight-wicket win to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series against India.
Extra bounce and raw pace of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer did the trick for England in the third T20I as the fast bowlers rattled the Indian top-order to claim three wickets in the powerplay.
Morgan hailed his fast bowlers for the manner in which they adjusted to the pace of the track.
“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,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation.
‘We are very lucky to have him’- Eoin Morgan on Jos Buttler
Virat Kohli’s masterclass helped India get to a respectable total of 6/156 but his innings was trumped by a belligerent Jos Buttler, who en-route to his career-best T20I score, smashed an unbeaten 82-ball 53 to knock the stuffing out of the Indian bowlers.
Buttler ensured that he stayed unbeaten, taking England to a comfortable eight-wicket win. Eoin Morgan was full of praise for his opening batsman, stating that England are lucky to have a player of the class of Buttler.
“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,” said Eoin Morgan.