T20 World Cup 2024 – Eng vs Ind – Jos Buttler would have loved to have faced Moeen Ali on Providence’s turning pitch

England suffer 68-run defeat in Guyana while India avenge 2022 defeat, also in semi-final

T20 World Cup 2024 – Eng vs Ind – Jos Buttler would have loved to have faced Moeen Ali on Providence’s turning pitch
Jos Buttler watches from the dugout as England’s title defense goes up in smoke CCI/Getty Images

Jos Buttler, the England captain, admitted his team was largely outplayed in their 68-run defeat to India in the 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final in Guyana, but insisted the fact that his decision to bowl first after winning the toss had not been a significant factor. in the result.

After using a spin-friendly surface for the first time that was likely to get slower as the day wore on, Buttler conceded that India’s total of 171 for 7 – thanks to opposite number Rohit Sharma’s 57 from 39 balls, ably saved by Suryakumar Yadav’s 47 from 36 – was “20-25 runs too many”.

In response, England were rocked for 103 in exactly 100 deliveries, Axar Patel hitting the key shot with his first ball of the match, in the fourth over of the powerplay, as Buttler took a reverse sweep towards the keeper to start for 23 from 15.

Thereafter, Axar struck with the first ball of each of his next two overs to remove Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali en route to player-of-the-match winning figures of 3 for 23, before Kuldeep Yadav’s left-hand wrist spin tore through an exposed middle-order to finish with 3 for 19.

“They certainly outplayed us,” Buttler said in the post-match presentation. “I think we maybe let them get 20-25 runs too many. It was a tough surface and they played well on it. But they outplayed us and fully deserved the win.”

Morning rain delayed the start of play by over an hour and returned to cause another prolonged interlude in the middle of India’s innings, and England opted to stick to the same heavy-seam lineout who had taken them through the Super Eight, with Reece Topley and Chris Jordan both maintaining their lead on an extra spinner in Tom Hartley, as well as Ben Duckett’s prowess against the spinning ball.

In the final analysis, however, it was England’s capped players Liam Livingstone and Adil Rashid who proved the more potent weapons, as they conceded a combined 49 runs in their eight overs (6.13 rpo), compared to 12 overs for 120 (10 rpo) from the four quicks.

“With everything that’s happened throughout the tournament, we’re really proud of everyone’s efforts to be here.”Jos Butler

Moeen Ali was overlooked, however, perhaps due to the damp conditions at the start of the Indian innings. Not only did Buttler admit he made a mistake in ignoring Moeen, he also admitted that the eventual impact of Rashid and Livingstone had made him fear what India’s potent spin attack could achieve on the same surface.

“Obviously they have fantastic players,” Buttler said. “Both of our guys played well, but in hindsight I should have put Moeen in that inning with the way the rotation was playing.

“Obviously, with the rain in these conditions, I probably didn’t think it was going to change much,” he added. “And actually, I don’t think that’s really the case. I thought they outplayed us. They had a higher score than normal. So I don’t necessarily think the draw made the difference between the teams.”

The result was just as comprehensive as England’s ten-wicket victory at the same stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Adelaide, after which Buttler’s men became the first men’s team to hold the 50-over and 20-over world titles simultaneously.

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Both trophies have now been stripped from England, and while a semi-final exit is a significantly better defence than the team’s 50-over World Cup last year, England still exit the tournament having lost three of their four games against major opponents.

Their early defeat to Australia left them in favor to get through the group stage, while their narrow loss to South Africa in St Lucia condemned them to a tougher semi-final draw , where India looked to avenge that Adelaide result with what Rohit accurately described as a “satisfying” performance.

“Two years later, in different conditions, it’s very different,” Buttler said when asked to reflect on his team’s change of fortunes. “It’s down to India that they played a very good game of cricket and they deserved the win.

“With everything that’s happened throughout the tournament, we’re really proud of everyone’s efforts to be here,” he added, recalling their difficult progress from Group 2, when only a final clearing in the clouds in Antigua had allowed them to take the field in a must-win match against Namibia.

“We can only play against those who are in front of us. We had a lot of adversity throughout the competition. We stuck together as a group and played some really good cricket at times, but we failed when we needed to most. »

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