Buttler defends toss after England’s title defense fails

England’s T20 World Cup title defence collapsed after a 68-run drubbing in the second semi-final, but captain Jos Buttler wouldn’t blame his decision to field against India on Thursday. Buttler defends toss after England’s title defense fails.

Buttler defends toss after England’s title defense fails

After winning the toss, Buttler fielded, likely preferring to chase a target than set one, especially with more rain expected at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. His decision pleased Rohit Sharma, who led India to a strong 171-7 on a slow surface where batting got trickier. Sharma scored the only half-century of the match.

“We didn’t think the rain would change the conditions, and they outplayed us and got a great score,” Buttler said at the post-match presentation.

“I don’t think the toss was the difference between us.”

Opener felt they conceded 20-25 extra runs on a difficult surface, allowing India to dictate terms.

England collapsed at 49-5 after a top-order meltdown, and Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each.

Buttler believed he should have bowled Moeen Ali given the track’s support.

Two spinners bowled well, but with spin playing like it was, we should have bowled Moeen in our innings.

“But with a good score and their brilliant bowling attack it was always going to be a tough chase.”

India captain Rohit liked how his team adjusted their batting strategy to the pitch.

Rohit: “I thought we adapted to the conditions.”

“They were hard. If we play the conditions, things work.

At one point, 140 or 150 seemed competitive. Twenty-five more runs.”

“I can set a target in my mind, but I don’t want to let anyone know it, because all of our batters are instinctive players and I want them to play freely.”

“I thought 170 was a very good score and the bowlers were fantastic.”

Saturday’s final in Bridgetown will feature the tournament’s two unbeaten teams, India and South Africa.

Buttler defends toss after England's title defense fails

Gulfishaa Avaan
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