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It’s the best I’ve ever played: Buttler

England wicketkeeper-batsman disappointed that his century didn’t result in victory, but believes his side can beat Sri Lanka in series decider

It’s the best I’ve ever played: Buttler - Cricket News
Jos Buttler of England celebrates his century during the 4th One Day International match.
Jos Buttler, who smashed a 61-ball century against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Saturday (May 31), said it was the best he had ever played. Buttler’s eventual 121 off 74 balls couldn’t take England to victory however, with Sri Lanka winning by seven runs after Buttler fell in the final over.
“It is fantastic to play like that, the best I have ever played,” said Buttler after his whirlwind knock that contained 11 fours and four sixes.
Buttler admitted he was disappointed that England couldn’t seal victory and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. “Obviously it is disappointing to not get over the line, which takes the edge off how special an innings it was for me,” he said.
When Buttler walked in at No.7, England needed 190 runs in 130 balls and game looked to be completely in Sri Lanka’s grasp. However, Buttler and Ravi Bopara took the attack to the opposition in an entertaining 133-run stand and brought life back into the contest.
“No one probably gave us a prayer around the ground or watching the game. That took the pressure off us. It allowed us to play and have some fun,” explained Buttler. “Me and Ravi spoke about it as if it was almost like a Twenty20 game, needing 180 (190). We actually thought when we got going, we had a chance because we were keeping up with the rate.
“With 10 overs to go, it was ours to lose almost. You watch one-day cricket around the world now, you see how many runs are scored in the last 10 overs, it has gone through the roof. We were playing well and if we were both there at the end, we would have won the game. We got close, but not close enough.”
Bopara fell to Ajantha Mendis in the 45th over, but Buttler continued to attack before he was run out by Malinga, who bowled an excellent last over to clinch the deal in favour of Sri Lanka.
“We were getting in control of the game at one stage, but we always had to think about Malinga. We just came up short,” said Buttler.
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, was all praise for the 23-year old wicketkeeper-batsman. “He (Buttler) can hit the ball out of the park at any given time. He’s an extremely talented young player, who played the innings of his life,” said Mathews. “The pressure is on all the time…but we stuck to our plans, did the basic things right. All in all it was a great effort from our whole team.”
Buttler felt Sri Lanka's narrow win had set the two teams up well for the series decider at Edgbaston on Tuesday. “It’s set it up. We have had some strange games of cricket so far in this series and hopefully Edgbaston is a win for England.”