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Morgan believes match was in balance when Buttler came

Talal Dar - 07-02-2016 - View: 216

The captain says Buttler is a top class player who can change the course of the match

Morgan believes match was in balance when Buttler came

The captain of the England Cricket Team Eoin Morgan has applauded the wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler for changing the course of the match in the second One-Day International (ODI) as he thinks match was evenly poised when he arrived at the crease.

Alex Hales was playing very well and even though the asking rate was around 7, the opener was on 99 so he was expected to go after the bowlers after reaching century. But the well set batsman got out and two new batsmen Moeen Ali and Buttler were on crease.

Buttler had also scored century in the previous game so he started from where he had left in the last innings. England needed 61 runs off 52 balls and it looked like the match will go to the wire, but Buttler scored 48 runs off 28 balls to make it one-sided finish.

Morgan said that game was in balance until the 46th over as they needed 29 off 5 overs but Buttler hit Imran Tahir for 3 sixes in one over to finish it. The skipper believes that only top class players can finish matches like this which shows Buttler's form and level.

The English captain also agreed with the South African captain that the series is not over yet and the trophy could go either way. He said that even the second game could have gone South Africa's way but the stepped up and played well under pressure to win the game.

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