England vs India: Jos Buttler praises David Willey and Moeen Ali for match-winning partnership in Lord’s ODI

ENG vs IND, 2nd ODI: Jos Buttler’s England lost the first ODI at The Oval by 10 wickets, but made a stupendous comeback at the Lord’s Cricket Ground with a 100-run win.

Jos Buttler of England. Courtesy: AP

Jos Buttler of England. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Willey and Moeen stitched together a 68-run stand for the 7th wicket
  • Reece Topley picked up a 6-wicket haul in the 2nd ODI
  • England beat India by 100 runs at Lord’s

Jos Buttler admitted that England needed to pick up early wickets after being bowled out for 246 in 49 overs in the second ODI against India at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. On Thursday, July 14, the Three Lions defeated the Men in Blue by 100 runs at the Home of Cricket to draw level in the three-match series.

At one point in time, England were reduced to 102 for 5, after which David Willey and Moeen Ali chipped in with useful scores to take their team to a respectable score. Moeen and Willey stitched together a 62-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Thereafter, England bowled India out for 146 in only 38.5 overs. After being reduced to 31 for 4, the visiting team failed to make a comeback.

“We didn’t bat our best, but will still got to a challenging score. Traditionally, it has been a bat-first wicket… I think it’s the mark of the guys… We were still positive. David Willey and Moeen Ali put on a great partnership. We needed to take early wickets, and put them under pressure,” Buttler was quoted as saying.

Buttler also heaped praise on left-arm fast bowler Reece Topley, who won the Player of the Match award. The southpaw picked up a six-wicket haul and broke the backbone of the Indian batting lineup.

“[On Topley] He has been fantastic. It was a special day. Happy to get a win. The team has been doing some great things for a number of years. Fantastic to show that character today,” he added.

The third and final ODI of the series will take place on Sunday, June 17 at Old Trafford in Manchester.

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