In the Second semi-final, England completely outplayed India in every aspect of the game to qualify for the Final where they will face Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday.
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales demolished the Indian bowling attack to seal a convincing 10-wicket win in semifinal 2.
|India 20 overs 168-5|
|Pandya 63 (33) Jordan 3-43|
|Kohli 50 (40) Rashid 1-20|
|India 16 overs 170-0|
|Hales 86* (47)|
|Buttler 80 (49)|
|England won by 10 wickets|
The dream of winning the T20 World Cup after 15 years was shattered by the ruthless English side.
England won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Adelaide Oval pitch.
The English bowlers bowled brilliantly with the new ball and removed KL Rahul in the 2nd over of the innings.
Rohit and Virat added 45 runs for the second wicket but the English bowlers didn’t allow them to free their arms.
Rohit got caught out after playing a struggling knock of 27 runs from 29 balls.
Adil Rashid got rid of the in-form Suryakumar Yadav for just 14 runs.
India managed to score just 90 runs from the first 14 overs with the loss of 4 wickets.
Half-centuries from Kohli and Pandya
Virat Kohli continued his excellent form and scored his 4th half-century of this T20 World Cup.
He scored 50 runs from 40 deliveries before getting caught out in the 18th over.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was the star performer for his side with the bat.
He smashed 63 runs off just 33 balls to ensure his side reach a respectable total of 168 runs from their 20 overs.
Pandya slammed 4 fours and 5 sixes in his blistering knock. India scored 68 runs from the last 5 overs of their innings
Buttler and Hales’s brilliance
Chasing 169 runs, the English played aggressive cricket right from the first ball.
Buttler started the innings by smashing 3 boundaries in the first over against Bhuvneshwar.
The intent was clear from the openers, they want to put India under pressure in the powerplay.
Both Hales and Buttler slammed the Indian bowlers all around the ground. They scored 63 runs from the first 6 overs.
Alex Hales was more aggressive early on but Buttler also didn’t waste much time joining the party.
India kept on searching for a wicket throughout the innings but the English openers didn’t give them a single chance to make any comeback in the match.
Alex Hales scored 86* runs from just 47 deliveries including 4 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 182.98.
On the other hand, his partner Jos Buttler also remained unbeaten for 80 runs off 49 balls.
Buttler smashed 9 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 163 plus and he also hit the winning runs for his side.
England comfortably chased down this total of 169 runs without losing a single wicket and with also 4 overs to spare.
England will now face Pakistan in the Finals on 13th November at the wonderful Melbourne Cricket Ground”.