Privileged to have Buttler in our team: Morgan

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01 Nov 2021 | 07:35 PM
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Privileged to have Buttler in our team: Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan hailed Jos Buttler's superb hundred which powered their win over Sri Lanka

England captain Eoin Morgan lavished praise on Jos Buttler who scored an unbeaten 101 in 67 balls in Monday's T20 World Cup win over Sri Lanka. After posting 163/4 in 20 overs, England restricted Sri Lanka to 137/9 to make it four wins from four matches and move closer to a semifinal spot.

Morgan, who put up a 112-run stand with Buttler for the fourth wicket, said it is a privilege to have the opener in the team.

"It was incredible to be at the other end and watch just the ebb and flow, and then just the sheer domination at the end. He really is one of the best in the game, a privilege to play with and great to have in our team," Morgan said in the post-match presentation.

"A combination of unbelievable skill level and the calm nature in which he goes about it. He combines them along with reading the game, knowing where and when to score. If he gets on top, he punishes you," he added.

Buttler, who scored maiden T20I century, became the second England batter after Alex Hales to hit a century in the shortest format.

"I think staying patient and keeping my head. I found it really tough early on. I managed to get a really good partnership going with Morgs (Eoin Morgan) and we tried to attack the back end," Buttler said at the post-match presentation.

"We were just trying to get something going, were finding the spin bowlers a bit tricky and thought 120 might be a good score. We each tried to take the small side and target that and I really enjoyed batting with Morgs."

Despite losing wicket, Sri Lanka put on quick runs in the first half of the chase. England then saw pacer Tymal Mills walking off due to an injury before Liam Livingstone removed Wanindu Hasaranga's wicket in the 17th over to turn things around for England. 

"I felt the guys had to fight unbelievably hard, particularly with the ball and in the first 10 overs with the bat. Conditions continued to change and then Tymal going down asked another question of ourselves," he said.

"But I thought Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali stepped up unbelievably well to support the other guys with the ball. I can't fault our guys tonight. We thought it was challenging for the top of the order. I thought our all-round fielding performance was pretty good, given the conditions and how wet things got. We're just delighted with the win."

Morgan praised Sri Lanka for the fight they put up.

"They've boxed above their weight so far in the World Cup so they should be incredibly proud so far of what they've achieved but we're delighted with four wins."

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said he was proud of his teammates for putting up a fight against an experienced side like England.

"It's been a concern for us the back end every game. For most of the guys, it's their first World Cup and the experience is very low. When they gain more experience, they will do good for the team. In the second half, we knew the dew factor will be a big factor but losing wickets at regular intervals really cost the match for us. But credit to Jos and Morgan, the way they played they showed the experience behind them in international cricket," he said.

"Six months back, we were not the same team. But these boys have come a long way in this tournament and I am really happy about the way the boys have been fighting."

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