Buttler dismantled a vaunted Australian bowling attack, punishing both quick bowlers and spinners — and scattering the crowd with huge hits into the top tiers of the stadium — as England powered home in Dubai by making 126-2 in 11.4 overs.
It was a clinical way also for Eoin Morgan’s England team to take the outright lead of Group 1 and re-emphasize its status as one of the favourites for the title.
Openers Buttler and Jason Roy put on a rapid 66 to start England’s chase. Jonny Bairstow was with Buttler to finish it off, and also didn’t hang around by launching two sixes in his 16 not out from 11 balls.
Following England’s win, Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to claim that Eoin Morgan’s side is the most decorated and destructive side in the ICC T20 World Cup.
“Now that is a message to the rest … England are the best team & most destructive … Whose going to stop them !?? Only #Pakistan look likely at this stage,” he wrote.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2021
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony England skipper Eoin Morgan said: “Obviously we got off to a good start in the first two games of the tournament and challenge first is always adapting to the conditions away from home and we did that really in the first two games and then again today, the big test against a really strong Australian side. We sort of held up pretty well right from the beginning, holding our nerve and creating opportunities with the ball and then continuing to be relentless with the lengths we want to bowl. We are in good form with the bat.”
“Jason last game and Jos today. We treat everybody with the same amount of respect. We go to Sharjah from here and again another challenge there and we are really looking forward to it.”