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New Delhi: Most recently England thrashed Australia 6-0 in a white ball series to become the favorite to win limited over contests against India which starts today with 1st of three T-20 matches to be played later late this evening. But India present a much stiffer test than a weakened Australia. Fresh from a 2-0 victory over Ireland by huge margins of 76 runs and 143 runs, Kohli, and his side would look to continue their last 7 unbeaten records.
However, for Indian captain Kohli there is at least one batsman in English side who, if not controlled early, could be of a great headache. Kohli identified Buttler as the key wicket in both white-ball formats. He has admired his stellar contributions for Rajasthan in the IPL-2018. “I am not surprised with the way Jos has played,” he said. “We have all known all known about his ability in the past, but it is just that he’s had more opportunity to play for Rajasthan this season to show his skillset, and he’s certainly enjoying that role at the top of the order and he grabbed his chances with both hands. It was lovely to watch him play the way he has because when you gain momentum in this format and you continue for that long, it always feels good to watch. From that point of view, I really enjoyed watching him bat.”
Buttler carried stunning IPL form, which saw him hit five consecutive half-centuries for his franchise, into England’s international season, nailing his Test recall then starring against Australia in the ODI series.In the solitary T20 against Australia at Edgbaston last week, Buttler opened with Jason Roy and plundered a 30-ball 61.
And while Eoin Morgan suggested that nothing is set in stone with regard to the batting order, claiming he remained “open-minded” about the combinations, he is unlikely to shift Buttler from an opening berth.“We expect England to come hard at us but we certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket, so it’s going to be an exciting series for sure,” said Kohli.“We believe that we have the side to put up a great fight. And if we win crucial moments, anything can happen on the day. In T20 cricket, you don’t have second chances but we are pretty confident as a side.”
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