Morgan vows to bounce back
December 21, 2012 08:56:46 UK
Eoin Morgan admitted that England lacked discipline as the tourists slumped to a disappointing five-wicket defeat to India in the first Twenty20 International in Pune.
Morgan, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad, had thought England were on course to post a big score when they started well, but a flurry of wickets pegged them back.
We will have to pick ourselves up from here and hopefully, in two days' time, produce a win.Eoin Morgan
England had reached 89-1 at the halfway stage of their innings, with Alex Hales scoring a rapid 56, but they then lost three wickets for 11 runs as they slipped to 100-4.
Only Jos Buttler, with an unbeaten 33, helped England reach their modest total of 157-6, a target India easily passed with five wickets and 13 balls to spare.
"We lacked a bit of discipline with our batting," admitted Morgan afterwards. "We got off to an absolutely great start but in that middle period we failed to kick on. The positivity wasn't there in our batting and we were 15 or 20 short. We continually lost wickets, which was a shame after the start we had. We were on for a good score.
"We are a tremendously young side and the guys showed a lot of promise. We will have to pick ourselves up from here and hopefully, in two days' time, produce a win."
Meanwhile, Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow has left the tour early for personal reasons.
The second Twenty20 international is scheduled to take place in Mumbai on Saturday. England can be backed at 2.37 to win the match while India are available at 1.57 to emerge victorious.
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