India won the fifth T20I against England by 36 runs after a run-fest at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. With this win, the home side pocketed the T20I series 3-2, a welcome result after India had already won the four-match Test series 3-1 and qualified for the World Test Championship final.
During the match, England opener Jos Buttler and India captain Virat Kohli were seen involved in a verbal fight as the latter departed after a scintillating knock in the final T20I. Buttler had been dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 14th over, opening the gates for the Indian team to claw back in.
Buttler and Dawid Malan had added 130 runs for England and looked like taking the game away from India, but Bhuvneshwar had the England keeper caught by Hardik Pandya at the long-off boundary. However, as Buttler was departing, Virat Kohli being himself said something which ticked Buttler off.
The duo had a verbal conflict and later Kohli was seen explaining his side to the on-field umpires.
Sometimes In Tight Games, People Can Have Conflicts: Eoin Morgan On Jos Buttler-Virat Kohli Fight
Speaking in a press conference after his side’s 36-run defeat in the game, Eoin Morgan admitted that he was unaware of what exactly transpired between Kohli and Buttler. He called his opposite number from the Men in Blue, passionate and ‘animated’ character.
“I don’t know actually (what exactly happened). Obviously, Virat is very animated when he plays, a big character in the game, that’s just who he is; he rides the emotions of the game. Sometimes in tight games, people can have conflicts, that’s not uncommon. I think that was the instance,” said Eoin Morgan.
Buttler was not happy with what Virat Kohli had said to him after he was dismissed for 52 and Kohli decide to follow for a while as well before the umpires stepped in and had a conversation with the Indian captain.
India had made 224/2 after being asked to bat first as Kohli made 80*, Rohit Sharma made 64, and Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav made 39* and 32 respectively. In reply, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an epic spell of 2/14 in 4 overs, while Shardul Thakur picked 3/45 as India won by 36 runs despite Dawid Malan making 68 and Jos Buttler’s fifty.
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