Jos Buttler secures first victory as England’s white ball skipper


Jos Buttler secures first victory as England’s white ball skipper after taking over from Eoin Morgan as his side answer doubters’ questions over their batting in 17-run win over India at Trent Bridge

  • England win third and final T20 at Trent Bridge to avoid series whitewash
  • Jos Buttler’s side had put 215 on the board with India falling 17 runs short
  • Dawid Malan’s 77 off 39 was influential in ensuring England won the game 
  • Suryakumar Yadav hits astonishing 117 off 55 balls that looked to get India close

A ferocious innings from Dawid Malan helped avoid the ignominy of a T20 whitewash by India, after England broke with recent convention by choosing to bat.

Jos Buttler’s team were made to sweat by a staggering 117 off 55 balls from Suryakumar Yadav, but when he fell to Moeen Ali in the penultimate over, India’s hopes went with him. Soon after, England completed a 17-run win to limit the damage to 2-1 ahead of tomorrow’s first ODI at The Oval.

Defeats at the Ageas Bowl and Edgbaston had come after England got nowhere near chasing down big totals.

England secured their first victory under new skipper Jos Buttler – thanks in no small part to Dawid Malan

Now, for the first time since Eoin Morgan did so against Pakistan at Old Trafford nearly six years ago, Buttler opted to bat – ending a run of 26 T20s in which England’s captain had chosen to bowl.

While others came and went, Malan responded to the new challenge with a superb 77 off 39 – a strike-rate of 197 that he has bettered only twice at this level. One of his five sixes, a straight blow off Ravindra Jadeja, nearly took out the press-box window.

Malan needed this performance, having not reached 50 in any of his previous 10 T20 knocks for England – a period in which he slipped from top of the ICC rankings to fourth.

Malan hit his first T20 50 in his previous 10 knocks for England to restablish his place as a key member of the side

Malan hit his first T20 50 in his previous 10 knocks for England to restablish his place as a key member of the side

The victory ensured that England avoided a T20 series whitewash to India at home

The victory ensured that England avoided a T20 series whitewash to India at home

With Jonny Bairstow certain to return in time for this autumn’s World Cup in Australia, and both Phil Salt and Harry Brook now in contention, Malan found himself in the familiar position of having to restate his credentials.

Liam Livingstone hit four sixes of his own in an unbeaten 42 off 29 balls, lifting England to 215 for seven, their highest total against India.

Not everyone enjoyed a typically pristine Trent Bridge surface. Buttler completed an unusually quiet series when he chopped Avesh Khan on to his leg stump for 18, and the out-of-form Jason Roy chewed up 26 balls for 27, growing more frustrated as the innings progressed. A series haul of 31 runs from 43 deliveries was no kind of warm-up for the World Cup.

With Salt making just eight before he was deceived by a slower-ball full toss from Harshal Patel, and Ali a duck, Malan’s innings was the meat in England’s sandwich. Even against an attack missing the rested Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, it was some effort.

Suryakumar Yadav duly took in the adulation when he reached his hundred - he eventually fell for 117 off 55 balls

Suryakumar Yadav duly took in the adulation when he reached his hundred – he eventually fell for 117 off 55 balls

England then made a lively start with the ball. Rishabh Pant was caught behind off Reece Topley for one, before Virat Kohli – who earlier had badly dropped Livingstone at deep midwicket – thrashed David Willey to cover for 11.

Topley induced a mistimed pull from Rohit Sharma, and India closed the powerplay on 34 for three – in need of something extraordinary.

Thanks to Yadav, they almost got it. With Shreyas Iyer content to play second fiddle, India’s No 4 powered his way to a maiden international hundred with glittering shots all round the wicket. His second 50 came from just 16 balls.

Yadav had looked to get India close but when he fell to Moeen Ali their chances were extinguished

Yadav had looked to get India close but when he fell to Moeen Ali their chances were extinguished

But no one could stay with him. Topley completed excellent figures of three for 22 when he had Iyer caught behind for 28, ending a stand of 119 in 10 overs, and both Willey and Richard Gleeson – impressive again after his debut at Egbdaston 24 hours earlier – won lbw shouts to keep India quiet.

And it was all but over when Yadav miscued Ali to Salt at long-off, handing a relieved Buttler his first win as England’s permanent white-ball captain.

‘That was good fun, more like what we’re used to seeing with the bat,’ he said. ‘It was an incredible knock from Yadav – one of the best hundreds I’ve seen.’

Reece Topley impressed for England on a traditionally batting-friendly pitch at Trent Bridge

Reece Topley impressed for England on a traditionally batting-friendly pitch at Trent Bridge

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