Jos Buttler and Alex Hales of England share a laugh as they celebrate victory during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Semi-Final match between India and England at Adelaide Oval on November 10, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia.
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An incredible unbroken opener between Jos Buttler and Alex Hales saw England book their place in the T20 World Cup final with a stunning 10-wicket win over India in Adelaide.
Hardik Pandya fired five sixes in an excellent 63 from just 33 deliveries and Virat Kohli also went half a century before being fired by Chris Jordan (3-43), brought in to replace injured Mark Wood as the India finished strong to post 168-6 after being batted.
England got off to a flying start in response, with Hales bringing home 50 from 28 balls and Buttler reaching his half-century from 36 deliveries, the opening pair annihilating the Indian bowling attack as they raced towards their goal of victory.
Hales hit seven sixes in his unbeaten 86 from 47 ball and put on an unbeaten 170 run stand with Buttler (80no), who signed with max to see England at home with four overs to spare.
How England booked their place in the final
England made two changes from the side that beat Sri Lanka in the last Super 12 game, with Wood suffering a CT scan over a right hip problem and a groin injury seeing Dawid Malan replaced by Phil Salt, while India stayed with the same team that played Zimbabwe.
Choosing to play first, England made an early breakthrough when Chris Woakes found the edge of KL Rahul (5) who presented a simple catch for Buttler, before captain Rohit Sharma (27) put on a stand of 47 points with Kohli until he was retired. by a smart catch from Sam Curran in Jordan’s first over.
Adil Rashid (1-20) won the key wicket from Suryakumar Yadav (14) and India went just 100 with the final delivery of the 15th, before a sparkling round from Pandya and a key partnership with Kohli failed push them towards a competitive total.
The pair went 61 for the third wicket until Kohli received the ball after reaching his 50, with Rishabh Pant (6) falling in the final and top scorer Pandya out when he stepped on his stumps from the last sleeve ball.
Buttler breached three bounds in the opener of England’s response as they immediately swerved away from the required run rate, hitting 63 in the power play as India’s bowlers failed to control the opening pair punching power.
Hales raised his 50 in the eighth and continued his aggressive play, while Buttler reached his half-century by shooting Pandya (0-34) for a six in the 13 as England closed in on a big win.
India’s best chance to break the stand came when Yadav dropped a sliced shot from Buttler and saw the ball sink for another bowling limit from Mohammed Shami (0-39), with Buttler then making blasting Shami over his head two overs later to seal the win in style. .
Sharma: India ‘didn’t show up’
England captain Jos Buttler: “The character that we have shown since [the loss to Ireland] has been [excellent] and we put in our best performance so far, against high quality opponents as well. We came here very excited, there was a really good vibe around the band and I felt everyone from one to 11 got up today.”
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma: “It’s disappointing how we presented ourselves today. We hit well enough from the back but we weren’t good enough with the ball. It was definitely not a wicket a team should be chasing that in 16 overs.
“With the ball we didn’t show up. The knockout stages are about keeping calm and dealing with the pressure and the way we started with the ball wasn’t ideal. It shows we were a bit nervous , but you have to give England credit.”
Watch the T20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan, at Melbourne Cricket Ground, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event on Sunday. The game will start at 8:00 a.m. UK time.