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Bairstow Says 'It Just Happens' As England Hit 20 Sixes To Beat India

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By AFP News
March 27, 2021 • 13:29 PM View: 1127

Bairstow and Jason Roy, who made 55, set up the chase in their opening stand of 110 to take the attack to the Indian bowlers. The right-left batting pair of Bairstow and Stokes went into over-drive between overs 31 and 35 with the England total shooting from 194 to 281.

"I got told a couple of stats after the game and didn't realise it was like that," said Bairstow, who recorded his 11th ODI ton.

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"We had  87 runs in five overs...if you're able to put together those overs back-to-back you put yourself in a position to win the game more often than not."

On Stokes, he said, "The matchups Ben decided to take down were the right matchups and he struck it beautifully. There is a method, I promise you. We're not just playing shots and slogging."

India skipper Virat Kohli praised the England pyrotechnics.

"It was some of the most amazing batting you'll see when chasing," said Kohli.

"They totally blew us away during that partnership of Jonny and Ben Stokes. We didn't even have a chance during that partnership."

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar had said Bairstow looked "uninterested" in his Test outings early this month when he scored three ducks out of his four innings in two India games.

Bairstow said he will await Gavaskar's call for more on this conversation.

"First of all, no, I hadn't heard that, and secondly I am interested as to how opinion can have been made especially when there has been no correspondence and communication between myself and him," said Bairstow.

"So he is more than welcome to give me a ring and I will speak to him about my will to do well in Test cricket and the enjoyment I do get out of playing Test cricket."

Joe Root's England went down to India 3-1 in the Tests and then the tourists, led by Eoin Morgan, lost the Twenty20 series 3-2.



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