England’s Jos Battler and Alex Hales laugh as they celebrate victory during the ICC Men’s T20 World Championship semi-final match between India and England at the Adelaide Oval on November 10, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia.
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An incredible uninterrupted first stand between Jos Battler and Alex Hales secured England a spot in the T20 World Cup Final with a stunning 10-wicket victory over India in Adelaide.
Hardik Pandya shot five sixes out of a perfect 63 out of just 33 innings and Virat Kohli also went half a century before being fired by Chris Jordan (3-43) who was replaced by an injured Mark Wood as India finished strongly with a 168-6 record after being placed into a bat.
England got off to a quick start in response, with Hales hitting 50 of 28 balls and Battler reaching his half-century of 36 innings, with the first pair decimating an Indian bowling attack as they raced towards their victory goal.
Hales hit seven sixes in his unbeaten 86 of 47 balls and put in an unbeaten streak of 170 runs with Battler (80 no), who signed a high to see England at home with four overs to spare.
England made two changes from the side that defeated Sri Lanka in the Super 12s final: Wood underwent a scan for a right hip problem and a groin injury, which saw David Malan replaced by Phil Salt and India remained with the same team who played with Zimbabwe. .
After choosing the bowl first, England made an early break when Chris Wakes found the advantage of KL Rahul (5) which was a mere ploy for Battler before captain Rohit Sharma (27) put up a 47-run stance with Kohli until he was sent off. smart catch by Sam Curran in Jordan’s first over.
Adil Rashid (1-20) grabbed a key wicket from Suryakumar Yadav (14) and India only reached 100 with a final delivery of 15th before a brilliant serve from Pandya and a key partnership with Kohli pushed them to a competitive total.
The pair scored 61 for the third wicket until Kohli dropped the ball after reaching his 50 with Rishab Pant (6) falling in the final and top scorer Pandya out when he stepped on his stumps after the last ball in the innings. .
Battler made three bounds in the opening after England’s response as they immediately broke out of the required running speed, reaching 63 on the powerplay as India’s bowlers were unable to control the punching power of the first pair.
Hales picked up his 50 in the eighth over and continued his aggressive play, while Battler reached his half century by taking Pandew (0-34) to a six in the 13th as England closed in on a big win.
India’s best chance to break the stands came when Yadav hit Battler and saw the ball seep to the other boundary from Mohammed Shami’s bowling (0-39) and Battler then shot Shami over the head two overs later to seal the win in style.
Sharma: India ‘didn’t show up’
England captain Jos Battler: “The character we’ve been showing ever since [the loss to Ireland] was [excellent] and we showed our best results, including against a high-class opponent. We came here very excited, there was a really good mood around the group, and I felt that everyone from one to eleven stood up today.”
India captain Rohit Sharma: “The way we performed today is disappointing. We batted fairly well at the far end, but we didn’t handle the ball well enough. It definitely wasn’t a wicket where the team had to chase her for 16 overs.”
“We failed with the ball. In the playoffs, you have to stay calm and deal with pressure, and the way we started with the ball wasn’t ideal. It shows that we were a bit nervous, but you have to give England credit.”
Watch the T20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event on Sunday. The game will start at 8am UK time.