Eoin Morgan welcomed his England side facing India on a slow pitch in the second T20 in Ahmedabad – despite having their “weakness exposed” as they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat. England posted 164-6 before India – thanks to Virat Kohli (73no off 49 balls) and debutant Ishan Kishan (56 off 32) – reached their target with 13 balls to spare to draw level in the five-match series, which continues on Tuesday.
“The pitch was slow and low and one thing that does is expose our weakness on these surfaces a little bit,” said Morgan. “We don’t play a lot on slow, low wickets, and the more we can do that, the better. You only become better in these conditions by playing in them and making mistakes.”
“You tend to learn quickly if you are winning, confident and everything rolls smoothly but equally if we have to learn the hard way we are still going through that process,” he added. “We’re trying to learn the game on the game so that when it comes to the World Cup we can be best prepared and know more about ourselves.”
“The pitch in the first game really suited us – it had more pace in it and was probably similar to a Cardiff wicket – but this took us out of our comfort zone. It was a typical Indian wicket that we would play on in an IPL game.” Morgan continued. “You talk about posting a total on a wicket like that and I thought we were right in the game. “We did a lot of the structure of our innings really well. We established partnerships and got to the point where we tried to accelerate but managed to lose wickets at different stages. I thought we could have been a bit more accurate in the lines and lengths that we bowled. When we went back to the basics of taking pace off the ball, we didn’t do that well enough.”