India vs England T20 World Cup semi-final result: Jos Buttler and Alex Hales dominate in 10-wicket victory
T20 World Cup semi-final: Jos Buttler, Alex Hales help England crush India by 10 wickets. A six from Jos Buttler down the ground was how England won the semi-final against India by 10 wickets to set up a final clash with Pakistan.A six from Jos Buttler down the ground was how England won the semi-final against India by 10 wickets to set up a final clash with Pakistan. It was a one-sided victory from England on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval as they dominated ever since the start and their openers just threw India out of contention.Alex Hales and Jos Buttler both raced to their respective fifties, keeping Indian bowlers at bay throughout the innings in a chase of 169 runs.
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.Hardik Pandya overcame a slow start to give India a defendable total of 169, but the pre-tournament favourites never looked troubled as both Jos Buttler and Alex Hales teed off from the get-go. 16th over: Shami continues. Buttler goes over the off-side for two runs. Hales hits it over the top of cover for a boundary with a punishing shot. Buttler finishes the match off with a maximum down the ground and sends his side through to the final with a 10-wicket victory. 0/170 after 16.15th over: Patel returns for his final over. Only two runs off it. 0/156 after 15. 14th over: Shami returns to the attack. Buttler goes over extra-cover for a boundary, before going straight down the ground for six runs. Buttler goes aerial again and despite Yadav getting to the ball, he drops it and it rolls away for a boundary. Hales and Buttler have now broken the all-time record for largest opening partnership in T20 World Cup history. 0/154 after 14.
13th over: Pandya continues. Buttler adds a few runs of his own, before the man of the moment Hales goes over the top of mid-on for three runs. Buttler plays a ramp shot for a boundary as England edge closer to the total and the T20 World Cup final. Hardik drops it short and Buttler pounces, hooking it for a flat six runs over the leg-side and brings up his half-century. 0/140 after 13.
12th over: Ashwin returns. England do it in singles and twos, before Hales plays a trademark slog-sweep for another six runs. Hales slaps it through the off-side the next ball for a boundary. This is brilliant batting and India look completely lost for answers. 0/123 after 12.
11th over: Pandya is smashed over the leg-side for six runs from a good-length delivery. Hales continues to play a dominant role as England pass triple-figures, before taking a smart two runs on the leg-side. 0/108 after 11.
9th over: Hardik Pandya is onto bowl now. Buttler plays a ramp shot, and they somehow manage to run four after some bizarre fielding on the boundary. Good over from Pandya apart from the sloppy fielding. Pant is receiving physio treatment, so the players take an early drinks break. 0/91 after 9.
8th over: Patel continues and Hales says thank you very much, blasting another six over cow-corner. He brings up a half-century with a single on the final ball of the over. Pure dominance from the Big Bash star. 0/84 after 8.
7th over: Ravichandran Ashwin enters the attack. He troubles Buttler with a couple of deliveries that turn plenty, but Hales doesn’t seem to worry as he plays a lovely slog-sweep for six runs. 0/75 after 7.
6th over: Patel continues and Buttler plays a fantastic sweep shot for six runs over square-leg, before adding a single on the leg-side. Patel drops it short on leg-stump and is dispatched through mid-wicket for another boundary by Hales. That is probably the best powerplay of any team all tournament. 0/63 after 6.
5th over: Mohammed Shami enters the attack for India. Hales goes straight over the top for another maximum, before stepping away and edging it through the vacant slip region for a boundary. England are racing away here and really setting themselves up for victory. 0/52 after 5.
4th over: Axar Patel into the attack to slow things down. Buttler goes over the top of extra-cover for a boundary, before England add four singles. 0/41 after 4.
3rd over: Kumar continues. Hales punches through the off-side for a single, before going over the top of mid-wicket for two runs. Hales goes aerial late in the over, slamming it over the top of extra-cover for six runs. 0/33 after 3.
2nd over: Arshdeep Singh will open up from the other end. Alex Hales gets away with a leading-edge that lands safely on the off-side for a single. Buttler pierces the gap with an edge behind point and it rolls away to the boundary for another four runs. 0/21 after 2.
1st over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India and starts with a wide. Jos Buttler gets off the mark with a great shot through the off-side for a boundary. Buttler walks at Kumar and pierces the gap on the off-side again for another boundary. He finds another boundary on the final ball of he over, flicking through the leg-side to the vacant region. Great start for England. 0/13 after 1.
END OF INNINGS
England will require 169 runs to win. Fantastic power-hitting from Hardik Pandya (63 off 33) in the final few overs, while Virat Kohli (50 off 40) played the anchor role for another half-century. Chris Jordan (3/43) picked up three wickets for England, but it was Adil Rashid (1/20) who was arguably the pick of the bowlers. This promises to be an enthralling run chase at Adelaide Oval!
Buttler and Hales’ partnership doesn’t come close to troubling the all-time record stand in a Men’s T20I, although it would have been impossible for them to do so given the match scenario, with the record being 236 between Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani for Afghanistan against Ireland in 2019.
But the openers are now up to second in the all-time list of English partnerships in a Men’s T20I. Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan’s 182 against New Zealand in Napier in 2019 remains out in front.
Top 5 T20 World Cup partnerships
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, England v India, 2022 – 170*
Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw, South Africa v Bangladesh, 2022 – 168
Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2010 – 166
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, Pakistan v India, 2021 – 152*
Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, England v Sri Lanka, 2014 – 152