T20 world cup 2022: After defeating New Zealand, Butler said, more runs were scored than we thought
New Delhi. In the ICC T20 World Cup, England’s team kept the semi-final hopes alive by winning against New Zealand. Batting first on Tuesday, the English team scored 179 runs for 6 wickets, thanks to a brilliant half-century from captain Jos Buttler. In reply, New Zealand’s team could reach only 159 runs for 6 wickets. After winning the match, Butler said that more runs were scored than he thought.
Butler said, “I said at the time of the toss that we are not thinking at all about the bad performance in the last matches. We have amazing players in our playing XI and team. We have confidence which showed in today’s match. This tournament is very cruel. Last time South Africa’s team got out even after winning 4 in 5 matches. It’s a World Cup, there’s going to be pressure here and the best teams that have it enjoy it.”
“It felt like the wicket was a bit difficult. I think Alex batted really well against spin, it just means having a good partnership in the match. Someday he bats aggressively which someday it is my turn to do so.
During his innings of 73 runs, Butler became the highest run-scorer for England in T20 Internationals. He said on this, “All these things (for scoring most T20 runs for England) when the career ends, then when you sit and think as a player, then it looks very good. The match proceeded a little differently, it was difficult to face the spin, Moeen had a very good first over. He put the New Zealand team under a lot of pressure.”
“We had set a target of 160-165 runs in this match and we managed to surpass it. We have had a lot of success batting first. Whatever the match was against Australia, we had won by batting first. You always need to take wickets in the second half. The choice to bat first was the right choice for us today.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 01, 2022, 17:54 IST