England juggernaut refuses to stop as the team is getting better and better with each passing game in the 20-20 World Cup. This time the sufferers were Sri Lanka. At the forefront of the magnificent win was wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler, who scored a belligerent unbeaten 101 runs off 67 balls. This knock was special in more ways than one and showed the adaptability of Butter on a slow and low surface in the UAE.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes loved the brutal assault of Butter and took to Twitter to applaud his teammate. “Best in the world @josbuttler,” Stokes Tweeted on Monday (November 1).
Apart from the England all-rounder, even Australia opener David Warner was impressed by Buttler’s stroke play and said, “That’s a seriously good knock by @Josbuttler very well played and great to watch,” Warner Tweeted.
The wicketkeeper-batter’s memorable first international T20I ton was the cornerstone of England’s 26-run victory over Sri Lanka. Buttler was ready to play the waiting game and only attacked when the situation demanded. He took calculative risks and showed the template to the rest of the batters on how to bat first in the UAE pitches.
England’s dominating run in the showpiece event has seen them win four matches on the trot. The Eoin Morgan-led side have also secured a berth in the semifinals for the second consecutive edition. Their batting and bowling look formidable, with clarity in the roles of each individual. Apart from Buttler, even leg spinner Adil Rashid had a good game as he picked up two wickets and gave away just 19 runs.
England have only one game left in the Super 12 stage against South Africa on Saturday (November 6). The match will be played in Sharjah Cricket Stadium.