T20 World Cup: England Hammer India By 10 Wickets In Adelaide
An incredibly unbroken opening stand between Jos Buttler and Alex Hales saw England secure 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 lasted half-century before being fired by Chris Jordan, who was brought in to replace the injured Mark Wood as India finished well after placing with 168 -6 scored at bat.
England got off to a brilliant start in response, with Hales leading 50 from 28 balls and Buttler reaching his half-century after 36 deliveries, with the opening pair blowing up the Indian bowling attack while they ran towards their goal of victory.
Hales threw seven sixes in his unbeaten 86 from 47 balls and set an unbeaten score of 170 points with Buttler, who reached the maximum to see England at home with four reserve overs.
💥How England secured their place in the final💥
England made two changes to the side that beat Sri Lanka in the final Super 12 game, with Wood suffering a check for a right hip problem and groin injury and Dawid Malan being replaced by Phil Salt while India stayed with the same side, which played against Zimbabwe.
England picked the first bowl and made an early breakthrough when Chris Woakes found the edge of KL Rahul, making an easy catch for Buttler before captain Rohit Sharma set a streak of 47 runs with Kohli, until he was taken out by a shrewd catch from Sam Curran on Jordan's first over.
Buttler scored three boundaries in the opening over of England's response as they immediately moved away from the required run rate and hit 63 on the power play as India's bowlers failed to control the power of the opening pair.
India's best chance to break the stand came when Yadav dropped a sliced shot from Buttler and saw the ball slip past Mohammed Shami's bowling for another boundary, with Buttler at- over the head from Shami two shots later to seal the win in the style.
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