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IND V ENG 2021: “Jofra Archer keeps the pressure on, forces batsmen to attack other bowlers”

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England fast bowler Mark Wood said his bowling partner Jofra Archer still keeps the pressure on the opposition beaters. According to Wood, this pressure forces batters to lash out at other bowlers, which can often result in them being fired.

Mark Wood had the wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer in the third T20I, which England won by eight wickets. As Archer went wicket-less, he didn’t allow India to escape on the power play. Pointing out the same, Mark Wood said:

“Jofra starts often, because he keeps the pressure on, it forces the teams to take risks against the other bowlers. He’s keeping things tight, when I started well and got the wicket they had a new batsman and we could get some point balls to build up the pressure. It’s just about playing tandem bowling and keeping the pressure on each other. I’m just trying to make sure we haven’t left anything out.

England’s pacers made excellent use of the shortball as four Indian batsmen perished on the growing delivery. While Rohit and Shreyas Iyer fell to Mark Wood, Chris Jordan took over Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya with bullets that were basically dug.

An excellent bowling game by the English pacers on a surface that offered more rebound than usual saw India hold on to 156 for 6. Jos Buttler’s career best 83 out of 52 deliveries then saw England let off steam at home in pursuit.

Virat Kohli just played good shots: Mark Wood

While the English bowlers kept a tight leash on the Indian beaters, for the most part they couldn’t keep Virat Kohli silent. The Indian captain made his way to an unbeaten 77 on 46 balls, crushing eight fours and four sixes. Mark Wood himself went for 17 in his last over.

According to Wood, the bowlers executed their execution poorly, and Kohli took advantage of it. The 31-year-old added:

“We have a plan as a group. Chris Jordon is an experienced bowler. We decide which ball we are going to play and then you try to run it. The plan was good, but the execution was wrong. On a few balls I felt I executed what I wanted to play, but Kohli just played good shots and good players have a right to do it. The first six, he hit me, was quite a blow.

“If you allow good players to come in, he came in and he took his time and he caught him at the end. He’s a fantastic player, but we were happy with the score we kept for them as well. I’ll take the hits at the end for the first wickets I got, ”added Mark Wood.

England will have a chance to win the five-game series when they face India in the fourth T20I on Thursday.

Posted Mar 18, 2021 12:14 IST


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