Jonny Bairstow praises England’s successful hunt against India
Jonny Bairstow, injured batsman, praised England for winning 10 wickets India In the men’s T20 semi-finals Globalism Cup, saying the team was “brave all the way” in the 169th run chase at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
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England’s opener, Captain Joss Butler (80 not from 49 balls) and Alex Hales (86 not from 47) chased 169 that looked like a picnic in the Adelaide Oval, crushing India with 10 wickets to set up a meeting with Pakistan in the final in Melbourne cricket Earth on Sunday.
“It was amazing, what a clinical performance as possible. You need people to stand in the semi-finals and that’s exactly what happened. They were brave all the way through the run chase,” Birstow told Skye. Sports News.
Bairstow was ready to open batting for England, only because a strange leg injury he suffered on a golf course resulted in him being ruled out of cricket matches for the rest of the year. It gave Hales the opportunity to open batting alongside Butler, as the duo starred in England’s victories over New Zealand, Sri Lanka and now India after a shock five-time defeat to Ireland.
Birstow added that England will realize that the task is not over yet because the title struggle with Pakistan is not yet complete. “The character the players have shown to come back from the loss against Ireland and to be in the World Cup final is fantastic, but they will know very well that the job is not yet over.
“There will be confidence after that seven-game streak in Pakistan (England won 4-3 in September and October) that we came out on the right but we also know what qualities they have.”
“It’s a level playing field when it comes to the World Cup final, I don’t think there are favourites. If the Pakistani players stand up, it will be a captivating game, but if we can take the wicket early and get to the middle standings, we should be fine.”
English batsman Joe Root feels that the team led by Butler has begun to peak in the championship just in time. “It was a great performance against India. I think we are just starting to peak in time. As a team performance, you can’t ask for more in the semi-finals.”
“Standing up to the pressures of a game of this magnitude and performing like this was exceptional. Gus is credited with being able to get us in this position to peak at the right time. He seems so happy within himself and you can see that in his performance and the players around him.”
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