2022 T20 WC | England thrashes India in SF, to meet Pakistan in final

Buttler, Hales make the chase a walk in the park with a breathtaking assault; Kohli, Hardik’s 61-run stand sets up a decent total, but bowlers flounder

Buttler, Hales make the chase a walk in the park with a breathtaking assault; Kohli, Hardik’s 61-run stand sets up a decent total, but bowlers flounder

The Thursday night sky lapsed into an inky black hue and inside a well-lit Adelaide Oval the light dimmed on the Men in Blue. England galloped to a 10-wicket victory over India as Rohit Sharma’s men crashed out of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

The semifinal was interestingly poised at the break after India posted 168 for six but once the England openers — skipper Jos Buttler (80 n.o.) and Alex Hales (86 n.o.) — launched a breathtaking assault, the pursuit turned out to be a walk in the park. England finished with 170 for no loss in 16 overs with Buttler hoisting Mohammed Shami into the stands.

Frenzied chase

The chase was frenzied as Buttler carved three fours from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first over. The tempo was maintained as in the seamer’s second over, Buttler launched one high over cover for six. Hales followed suit and hit Shami for a six and four besides kneeling down to lift Axar Patel over square-leg. R. Ashwin met a similar fate and even as Hardik Patel egged the crowd to raise their decibel levels, England was in the driver’s seat.

Hales’ blitzkrieg continued unabated as he found the gaps or sought the aerial route. The Indians were guilty of pitching it short and when Shami messed up a throw from the deep, it summed up a day that went downhill for India. And Hales kept twisting the knife in as a resigned air coursed through the Indian fans while the English fans — few in number but strong in spirit — found their voice. England will now take on Pakistan in Sunday’s final at Melbourne.

Earlier, Buttler won the toss, elected to field and watched K.L. Rahul slash the first delivery from Ben Stokes for four. A set of play-and-miss routines soon happened before the opener fatally tried to ride the extra bounce that Chris Woakes extracted. Next-man Virat Kohli opened up his stance a bit to counter left-arm speedster Sam Curran’s angled deliveries and the slip fielder sensed a chance.

Rohit watched from the non-striker’s end as Kohli lofted Woakes for six and then the skipper joined in, picking up two fours off Curran. When leg-spinner Adil Rashid emerged, Rohit slog-swept while Kohli latched on to Liam Livingstone. Chris Jordan too felt the heat of Rohit’s bat but the batter tried one more hustle and spooned a catch.

With Suryakumar Yadav stepping in, the fans expected an electric charge. He briefly lived upto that expectation, hitting Stokes for a six and four. But against Rashid, the batter couldn’t get over the fielder on the fence and at 75 for three in 11.2 overs, India needed stability and runs.

India's Hardik Pandya bats during the T20 World Cup cricket semifinal between England and India in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

India’s Hardik Pandya bats during the T20 World Cup cricket semifinal between England and India in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/James Elsby)
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Kohli and Hardik offered a 61-run fourth-wicket partnership. The initial steady runs gathered pace as Kohli cut Woakes, Hardik clouted Livingstone and also tucked into Curran. Hardik found his groove against Curran as twice the ball sailed into the skies. Meanwhile, Kohli etched his 50 and departed, failing to get past the inner-circle.

Hardik (63), though, cruised along, subjugating Curran with a volley of shots besides muscling his way against Jordan in the last over and even if he trod on his stumps, India had a challenging total until England stepped up with unbridled kinetic energy.

Scoreboard

India Innings: KL Rahul c Jos Buttler b Chris Woakes 5 Rohit Sharma c Sam Curran b Chris Jordan 27 Virat Kohli c Adil Rashid b Chris Jordan 50 Suryakumar Yadav c Salt b Adil Rashid 14 Hardik Pandya hit wkt b Chris Jordan 63 Rishabh Pant run out (Jos Buttler/Chris Jordan) 6 Ravichandran Ashwin not out 0 Extras: (W-3) 3

Total: (6 wkts, 20 Overs) 168

Fall of Wickets: 1-9, 2-56, 3-75, 4-136, 5-158, 6-168.

England bowling: Ben Stokes 2-0-18-0, Chris Woakes 3-0-24-1, Sam Curran 4-0-42-0, Adil Rashid 4-0-20-1, Liam Livingstone 3-0-21-0, Chris Jordan 4-0-43-3.

England Innings: Jos Buttler not out 80 Alex Hales not out 86 Extras: (W-4) 4

Total: (For No Loss in 16 overs) 170

India bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-0-25-0, Arshdeep Singh 2-0-15-0, Axar Patel 4-0-30-0, Mohammed Shami 3-0-39-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-27-0, Hardik Pandya 3-0-34-0.

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