Jos Buttler’s statement after the semi-final defeat, said- ‘Not bowling Moeen Ali was a strategic mistake’

England captain Jos Buttler said that India left no stone unturned to defeat them in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup and admitted that not bowling Moeen Ali on the turning pitch here was a strategic mistake. Indian spinners Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each as India bowled out defending champions England for 103 runs in 16.4 overs while chasing a target of 172 runs and won by 68 runs.

Butler said, “This is very disappointing. India defeated us in the match. They fully deserved the victory. They scored a big score. I hoped that we would stop them at 145-150 runs. It was difficult to achieve a target higher than this. ” The England captain won the toss and decided to bowl first but he trusted Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone on a pitch favorable to spinners and did not bowl Moeen Ali.

When Butler was asked whether his strategy failed or was not implemented, he said, “A little bit of both. I believe that they played well. Luck also did not favor us in the power play. Then some close decisions did not go in our favor. ” He said, “I should have bowled Moeen Ali. In this way we made some mistakes here and there. ” The wicket was turning a lot and the ball was also staying low. Rohit had put close fielding after sensing the conditions well.

Butler said, “I think everyone knew what this wicket would be like. It had less bounce and yes India performed really well and they adapted better to the conditions than us.” Regarding the final between India and South Africa, Butler said, “The top two teams have reached the final and it will be a close match. Both teams are performing really well and this match will be exciting.

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