Jos Buttler was philosophical regardless of beginning his reign as England white-ball captain with a heavy defeat, admitting his facet had been “outplayed” by India within the first Twenty20 worldwide.
In his first match since taking over the function full-time following Eoin Morgan’s worldwide retirement, Buttler was castled for a golden duck as England had been all out for 148 in 19.3 overs to lose by 50 runs.
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s devilish inswinger beat the within edge, clipped Buttler’s pad and lit up the zing bails, Hardik Pandya took 4 for 33, leaving India 1-0 forward within the three-match sequence.
Buttler was greatly surprised by the lavish swing on supply for India’s bowlers, admitting England might need completed extra to disrupt their rhythm, however he stays upbeat heading into the second T20 on Saturday.
“To keep taking the game on,” Buttler mentioned, when requested what his message is in defeat. “You try and play conditions where you’re looking for ways to put pressure back on the opposition.
“Whether that be running between the wickets or taking risks to try and get them off a length, we haven’t seen a ball consistently swing that much in the T20 game for a while.
“We probably needed to get one in the stands or something to get it to stop swinging!
“The messaging is always going to be the same, we’re always going to look to play positively, we got outplayed here but that’s fine. There’s a great opportunity in two days’ time to have another go.”
“It’s quite easy to come back from, to be honest. Nothing much changes for us just because we lost the game. We’ll turn up to Edgbaston full of confidence and look forward to playing our brand of cricket.”
Hardik top-scored with 51 from 33 balls however there have been additionally brisk cameos from Rohit Sharma (24 off 14), Deepak Hooda (33 off 17) and Suryakumar Yadav (39 off 19) as India racked up 198 for eight.
Several England bowlers had been costly however Chris Jordan was notably spectacular with figures of two for 23 whereas Moeen Ali, on his fiftieth T20 worldwide look, additionally took a few wickets.
While Jordan put a disappointing winter behind him, wherein his loss of life bowling got here below scrutiny, and added an unbeaten 26 down the order, Moeen struck a few lusty blows in his 36 from 20 balls.
“CJ was absolutely brilliant,” Buttler added. “It was great to see a guy with a lot of experience and someone I have full faith in throwing the ball to come away with such brilliant figures in a high-scoring game.
“And Moeen’s an incredibly selfless cricketer, he’s played a lot of different roles for us in the team, he’s always willing to bowl any time and bat anywhere in the order so he’s a great guy to have in the group.
“They are experienced guys who are real leaders in the team and you’re always going to lean on them.”
England’s try to chase down the full below the Southampton lights would have been difficult sufficient however their bid was dealt a hammer blow by the early lack of Buttler, this 12 months’s Indian Premier League most respected participant and high run-scorer.
Kumar had troubled Jason Roy with deliveries zipping previous the skin edge however then confirmed his immense ability to convey one again in by means of Buttler’s gate, to the delight of Hardik, who capitalised by eradicating Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone in the identical over and in addition accounted for Roy and Sam Curran.
Hardik mentioned: “It was a very big wicket. Everyone knows what Jos can do and he’s been someone who’s a match-winner on any given day that he decides.
“It took a special ball to get him because the field was set for an outswinger – there was no midwicket – and Bhuvi did what he does best, bluffing the batter, setting him up then delivering the ball which he did was fantastic.”