T20 WORLD CUP 2022
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England 170-0 (16 ovs)
Jos Buttler 80 (49)
Mohammed Shami 3-0-39-0
England smash India to reach final © AFP
All over! England decimate India to reach the final
Exceptional. Absolutely exceptional from Buttler and Hales. They both carried their bats to add 170 together – the highest partnership in T20 World Cups. You could say India were too flat and toothless on the field but the issues in this game stretch back to how they batted in the start of the innings. Rohit Sharma reckoned he would’ve batted first too if he had won the toss and that added up considering this was a big knockout game and scoreboard pressure always climbs on the chasing side. But England bowled beautifully at the start and India had familiar struggles with Rahul falling early and Rohit being scratchy.
Buttler was top-class with his proactive captaincy, throwing Rohit and Kohli a leg spin challenge with both Rashid and Liam Livingstone bowling. Rashid finished with figures of 1 for 20 in 4 overs. India even got to 168 only because of a superlative effort right at the end from Hardik, where he smashed 50 in the last four overs. But as it turned out, that was not enough after the poor start that India made eventually cost them big. England’s response to India’s 168 was absolutely faultless. India hardly had a sniff in the 16 overs of bowling, never coming close to getting even one breakthrough. With that, the rude reality of falling short in another ICC event continues for India.
Spare a thought for India who’ve thoroughly entertained in this World Cup but have fallen short but also doff the biggest hat you’ve got to England here. They’ve bounced back from a defeat to Ireland, a washout against Australia and two backs-to-the-walls performances that even brought them to the last-four. Now they have a shot at glory against an equally feisty side – Pakistan – who too were headed for the exit when South Africa offered them an unreal detour with a defeat to Netherlands. Pakistan showed they can be exceptionally clinical too by dumping out last year’s finalists – New Zealand.
All this means only one thing – there’s one hell of a final in store on Sunday, even without India in it. That’s all from us for now, Hello!
If you’re looking for the difference maker in this game, this sums it up…
Hales, Buttler put England on course
It’s just the 11th over and the openers have added a 100-run stand. India have been flat on the field from the start. No swing on offer, so no teeth in the bowling and the boundaries have come at will for Hales and Buttler. Every now and then you can hear shouts of ‘come on, lads’ from Rishabh Pant to help lift shoulders but it hasn’t made the desired impact. For a while, Hardik and Kohli tried to get the massive India crowd going with increasing the decibel levels but that was quickly quashed by Buttler with a couple of commanding boundaries. This is a masterclass in T20 batting in a big chase here from the duo.
Flying start for England…
This is superb game management from England. They were top-class with the ball early on and through the middle and now they know they were going after a just about par total, they’ve gone about smashing it in the PowerPlay. It has worked in their favor – particularly Buttler’s – that the white ball has just not swung for India. The openers have swung their bat around taking advantage of the field restrictions to bring up 52 for 0 in 5 overs. It’s still early but the game is currently slipping away from India’s grasp rather quickly.
India finish with 168/6!
And that’s because they hit 68 off those in the 30 balls. It’s a total down to Hardik Pandya’s late pyrotechnics because India were headed for a lowly finish otherwise, considering they started slow, struggled in the middle-order and Suryakumar Yadav fell cheaply. Hardik smashed 63 off 33, before being hit wicket off the last ball of the innings (note it down, folks! There’s a quiz question in there). This is a total just above par for the venue but feels a little underwhelming still against England’s brawny batting. There will be the pressure of a big game so it could still be a close affair from here, so don’t go anywhere!
Fifty for Hardik!
He’s got there off 29 balls. More importantly, he’s done all the belting in the death overs to give india a lift.
Hardik flourish and Kohli’s exit
Hardik Pandya gave Chris Jordan the treatment he deserved for horrendous lengths with two big sixes to start the 18th over. A couple of balls later, Kohli reached his half century of 38 balls, but fell right away, dabbing to short third. 15 runs came off the over to push India to 136 for 4 in 18 overs.
Sam Curran at the death watch…
The two overs from the left-armer have the ability to tilt the game either way, and at this venue with shorter square boundaries, India should have an edge over pacer. Hardik welcomed him in the 17th with a flat six hammered over extra cover but Curran did well to come back and give away only 11 in the entire over. At that stage, that’s excellent bowling and a missed chance for India to give their score a bigger push.
Kohli nears fifty but India need a big finish
They’ve got 110 for 3 in 16 overs, but need to target around 50 off the ending to even stand a chance here. Batting doesn’t seem too tough and England pack quite a punch with the bat. India need something in the 160s to pull something off here.
Deafening silence at the Adelaide Oval!
And a big celebration from Adil Rashid. Understandable because Suryakumar Yadav has just failed (yes, you’ve read that right!). He went big on the offside against the ball that was turned away from him and didn’t middle it. Phil Salt took a simple catch at sweeper cover.
Rohit is gone!
He looked sharp very briefly against Curran but another lowly outing for the India captain. He went for a big shot against Chris Jordan, but with zero timing. The aim was to find the square fence with the straight ones being longer at this venue. The ball went high but not far and Sam Curran took a good catch at deep square leg.
England’s mini leg-spin strangle
Right after Adil Rashid bowled the final over of PowerPlay, Buttler brought on LIam Livingstone to try and test waters against two batters who’ve been susceptible against the away-turning ball. They largely kept the two down giving away 8 and 5 in the two overs after the PP.
Rohit Sharma shrugs the lethargy?
It’s lasted until the fourth over but the India skipper has had enough. One classy pull off Curran was followed by an absolutely disdainful one, and then a risky cut on the offside that was stopped well by the point fielder. Buttler brings in his leggie Adil Rashid and Rohit welcomes him with a sweep shot. It’s not been the best PowerPlay for India but they’ve done alright towards the end. India 38 for 1 in 6 overs.
Consistent Curran at it again…
He beats the outside edge of Kohli with his left-armer’s angle, even gets nick that falls short of Moeen in the slips and then has an appeal for LBW against Rohit Sharma turned down. Good start from England, this.
Here’s a damning Rahul stat…
Scores against top-eight teams in T20 World Cups: 3(8) vs Pak in Dubai, 18(16) vs NZ in Dubai, 4(8) vs Pakistan in Melbourne, 9(14) vs SA in Perth, 5(5) vs Eng in Adelaide.
Chris Woakes removes KL Rahul…
No third next fifty for KL Rahul. He in fact falls in the second over, undone by extra bounce from Chris Woakes. He rises with the rising ball and ends up poking at the ball to Buttler behind. First blood in this massive game belongs to England!
Ben Stokes at the start…
Before today, the all-rounder has dismissed KL Rahul twice in 13 balls in T20Is. Nice aggressive move from Buttler early on.
COUGH: England win the toss, opt to bowl; India pick Pant ahead of Karthik. England bring in Phil Salt and Chris Jordan for Dawid Malan and Mark Wood.
Let’s talk tactics…
Against a current T20 batting behemoth, these are numbers are incredble from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If the white ball swings, Bhuvneshwar will be in business again!
Can Buttler do better against Bhuvneshwar today? ©Cricbuzz
Chris Jordan has always been lauded for his death-overs bowling and wide yorkers, but maybe there’s a reason to use a couple early on snuff out the opener with two successive fifties in the tournament.
Can KL Rahul get another half century today? ©Cricbuzz
Indeed. Two teams capable of flexing their batting muscles at will here. Interestingly, both teams have had to mellow down and tailor their otherwise gung-ho batting mentality to suit the testing conditions on offer in Australia. To be fair, both teams have done a decent job of it. Jos Buttler acknowledged the need to know that not always do you go for a 200-run total, but also that pushing the boundaries – like his team does so often – would be to get 150 when 125-130 is considered par.
Rohit Sharma meanwhile did a fine job of tempering the sky-high expectations, squarely taking the pressure off his players. Got to say something that hasn’t been said in this World Cup so far – well played, Rohit!Because that’s exactly what you want your skipper to do – let the world know that a failure in the semis – which comes with an iron-clad 50% possibility – doesn’t define this side that has made giant strides since the lows of the early exit in 2021.
Prelude – India vs Pakistan or England vs Pakistan?
That’s the big question tonight! Imagine being Babar Azam & Co. right now, sitting back, relaxed and watching two really, really strong sides leave everything on the field today to tussle them for the trophy. Ah, life! Anyway, I digress…
It’s second semifinal day, folks! Hopes, expectations, pressures and nerves will all be through the roof for both sets of fans. Just imagine the stakes. Gargantuan. But there’s something oddly calming about India vs England in a knockout game. For starters, it isn’t India-v-Pakistan so the narrative and context is not heavily peppered with history and the relationship of the countries outside of the sport. And there’s no recent big clash between these two sides to recall and cite as motive for revenge.
Coincidentally or not, these are two exceptional sides that have charted its own paths in white-ball cricket and now finally meet at the intersection. Tactically, this match is loaded with narratives and that’s what’s going to make the next four-odd hours extremely enticing. So, find your nearest cozy couch, clear your schedule for the day (you know you have to!) and glue yourself to the TV (or this BLOG!) and watch some magic unfold, because… that’s just what this World Cup has been about.