T20 World Cup, IND vs ENG: England demolish India to enter the final
England players celebrating a wicket [Source: AP]
The second semifinal of the T20 World Cup saw England edge past India by ten wickets in Adelaide. The Englishmen will play the final against Pakistan in Melbourne on Sunday.
Hardik Pandya's blitz propels India to a fighting total
After being invited to bat, India suffered an early setback, losing KL Rahul to Chris Woakes in the second over. Although Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma added 47 runs for the second wicket, they took 43 balls for it. Rohit, in particular, was timid in his approach for a sloth-paced 28-ball 27. India's Mr 360, Suryakumar Yadav, couldn't do much, being dismissed for 14 in the 12th over.
Hardik Pandya played a magnificent knock [Source: AP]
However, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya brought India's innings back on track, stitching a vital 61-run stand. While Kohli anchored the innings with a fluent 40-ball 50, Hardik hammered his way through to a blistering 33-ball 63. His glorious knock, glittered with four fours and five sixes, powered India to a defendable total of 168 runs in 20 overs.
Openers' fireworks helps England ace the chase
As expected, the English openers, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler came out with all guns blazing, smashing 170 runs for the opening wicket. While Hales raced to a fabulous 47-ball 86*, Buttler slammed 80* runs off just 49 balls.
Alex Hales in action [Source: AP]
The duo took all the Indian bowlers to the cleaners, keeping England way ahead throughout the match. Their stupendous efforts helped England get over the line with four overs to spare.
India: 168/6 (20)
Hardik Pandya 63 (33), Virat Kohli 50 (40);
Chris Jordan 3/43 (4), Adil Rashid 1/24 (4)
England: 170/0 (16)
Alex Hales 86* (47), Jos Buttler 80* (49)
England won by ten wickets.
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