Twitter Reactions: Batting heavy England post 221 in the only T20I

Twitter Reactions: Batting heavy England post 221 in the only T20I

Jos Buttler's 22-ball fifty helped England post a massive total.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

At Birmingham Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. The T20 wisdom suggests that on a good batting surface it is always better to ask the opposition to bat first, have a target and know what you need to get to win this game. It was a flat batting deck and England like they had already stated opened with the dangerous Jos Buttler. He walked out with Jason Roy and the duo got them off to a brilliant start.

The Australian new ball bowlers had nothing from the surface and were punished from both ends by the opening duo. Both Roy and Buttler played their shots using the pace of the bowlers in their favour and there was little margin for error. Buttler proved just why he was the most talked about man leading into the contest. He scored the fastest fifty by an English batsman in this format of the game getting to his half century in 22 balls. They had a 95-run opening partnership and it was Buttler who walked back first in the 9th over for 61 from 30 balls.

There was no drop in the scoring rate or the momentum despite for England losing Roy in the 10th over as well. Eoin Morgan added 15 runs but couldn’t make it big. Alex Hales who was pushed down the order to accommodate Buttler at the top played a magnificent knock getting the team crucial runs in the middle overs. He had a partnership with Joe Root who also tried his best and scored with a strike rate close to 150.

Hales’ 24-ball 49 and Root’s 24-ball 35 helped England on their way to a massive total. Hales was unfortunate to be dismissed on 49 but Jonny Bairstow who replaced him at the crease hit a couple of sixes and pushed the team total to 221/5 in 20 overs.

Here is how Twitterati reacted during the first innings: