After the defeat by 5 wickets against England at Manchester in the second T20I, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke to the press and he said that England handled Kuldeep Yadav well and it worked for them. He admitted that the hosts played the better side and chased the 150-run target at an ease in the second game.
Kuldeep Yadav troubled the opponents in the first T20I with 5-wicket haul but could not pick wickets in the second game. Hence, like any captain who lost the game with a minor margin, Kohli admitted that the English batsmen played Kuldeep Yadav really well.
He said “They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. Need to get back day after,”
He said that bouncing back after losing three wickets early is not a cake walk. India lost Shikhar Dhawan(10), Rohit Sharma(5), and KL Rahul(6) at 22/3 and Kohli made his best to rebuild the innings with his 57 runs off 48 balls.
He said that a margin of 10-15 runs might have changed the result of the game. He said “It’s always difficult to come back after losing three early wickets. England hit the right areas and made us play bad shots. I would have liked 10-15 runs more. We thought 149 would be competitive, especially since they had to win. But they eventually did win,”
He also pointed about the boundaries conceded by Umesh Yadav in the 19th over after bowling an economical spell.
“The format is cruel: Umesh was outstanding, but the final-ball boundary changed things. Those little things count. Gotta brush it aside, had a good game, but England was better than us,” he said.
The English captain Eoin Morgan was happy about the conditions at Manchester that helped to win the game. He said “We showed character. There was a bit more bounce today. When it bounces you can take wickets, and that’s what we did. Willey did well, and the unit as a whole did really well. We were happy with that total. To get 150 was a cagey affair, but was happy to go over the line,”
The way Alex played today, he adapted to conditions really well and did small partnerships that helped us chase this down. We normally play spin quite well, but it’s a matter of being logical while playing.”
Alex Hales said that “It was an important game, and nice to take the team through to the win. I had to look at a bit more footage for the spinners, and this time I played more on the backfoot. The other day was just a bad day at the office. Bowling effort was outstanding. Two very strong teams so all to play for in Bristol.”
Alex Hales said that he is happy to guide the team towards the win. He was awarded the player of the match with an unbeaten knock of 58 runs off 41 balls.