India vs England, T20 WC 2022, 2nd Semi-Final: England thrashed India by 10 wickets to seal their spot in the final of 2022 men’s T20 World Cup final. Despite setting up a defendable total the England opening batters made quick work of the Indian bowlers winning the match by 10 wickets. The opening pair of Buttler of Hales stitches an incredible unbeaten stand of 170 to see England through to the final of the T20WorldCup to face Pakistan.
Earlier, the fifties from Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya helped India recover from a wobbly start and post 168/5. Put in to bat, India had a slow start and lost opener KL Rahul (5) early but Kohli held the innings together to slam his fourth fifty of the tournament. But it was Pandya’s blazing knock that propelled India’s total.
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Jos Buttler: “Certainly some people were not wanting that final (Pakistan vs England). I know after looking at the first India-Pakistan game everyone wanted to see them again but better luck next time.”
Jos Buttler: “I was confident about the wicket. I think first 14 overs we were good. It was fantastic batting by Hardik Pandya. My gut was saying me to go for chase.”
Jos Buttler: Such a good team performance and I feel Adil Rashid had the best day. He was outstanding. He’s got so much of variety and variations. He might not have taken wickets. Outside people were saying he was not taking much of the wickets but when we faced him in the nets, we knew he is bowling well. Special mention to Chris Jordon, he didn’t play much going into the game.
Jos Buttler: “He (Hales) was tough to bowl to and it was nice to see him scoring all across the ground.”
Jos Buttler: “Immensely proud of the guys. Far out the best performance on a day like today. High performance against a side like India. We got a very good start and put pressure on them. They had a long batting line up. I think we are a good team and that’s where the performance comes from. We are tough to beat if we play well, there is great confidence in the group. I will say best performance for us in the day.”
Rahul Dravid: “England played well and it’s the reality. They brought the run rate down, they controlled that game. They didn’t need to take any risk, not that they didn’t as they played some really good shots too. It’s disappointing for sure. Debacle is not the right word for it, disappointing certainly is”
Rahul Dravid: “We know he is a key player. They (England openers) put pressure on us. We thought we will control the game but we couldn’t as they took on our spinners.”
Rahul Dravid: “Disappointed finish in the semis. Would have liked to go in the finals. They were the better team in all departments. After a loss like this, it’s tough to reflect things. Overall we ran a pretty good campaign. Showed good skills. We can look back at things we have improved on and build it for the next World Cup. Runs on the board was something…in the semi-finals….we have been batting well in the tournament. It’s just that maybe when the game started, the boys said the wicket was slow and tacky. We had a good last over. We should have been able to get 180-185. It’s too early to talk about that just after the game (on seniors future). This is not the right time to talk about it. We will try and build for the next World Cup.”
Jos Buttler: ‘ I think the character we have shown since then (England’s loss against Ireland) – it has been amazing. We came here very excited, there was a very good feeling. Everyone from 1 to 11 – stood up today. We always want to start fast and aggressive. Rashid was batting at 11, that’s incredible to know that we have such depth. Hales used the dimensions well and he has shown his form. He was brilliant today. It’s important to enjoy this, it was a brilliant performance from us. I think we need to give special credit to Jordan, to bowl 3 overs at the death coming into the semi-final, it was a tough job. He handled the pressure towards the end pretty well, especially bowling against a world class player like Hardik Pandya.’
Sriram Veera: As the camera panned to the crowd after England’s thrashing win over India, Nasser Hussain couldn’t hold himself back. ‘They wanted to silence the crowd and have done it.’ Or words to that effect. Ravi Shastri would offer a pithy assessment of India’s campaign: “India may have to look at a relatively new team. A young unit, a fresh unit and built for the future.” Shastri’s words at the match-winning moment would unwittingly offer another perspective. When the ball sailed over long-on, over Virat Kohli’s head, Shastri would scream, “It’s over Virat”. He meant the ball, but it also could be said about the campaign and Kohli’s dream of doing well in a ICC World Cup final. It’s over Virat and it’s over, Rohit.
Rohit Sharma: “Very disappointing. We still batted well at the back end. Not good enough with the ball, definitely not a wicket where a team could chase in 17 overs. We just did not turn up with the ball. You cannot go and teach people how to handle pressure. Lot of these guys play under pressure in IPL and some of them are able to handle that. When it comes to knockouts, it is about keeping calm. We were a bit nervy the way we started with the ball. We wanted Bhuvi to keep it tight, on the stumps, we knew where runs are scored in Adelaide, square of the wicket, we spoke about that, but that did not happen.”
“I never thought I would play a World Cup again,” says Alex Hales. Well, given the way he’s batted tonight, it surely won’t be his last.The prodigal son of Nottingham after being exiled for three years from playing for England has been called back to the World Cup squad after mind-boggling performances in franchise cricket. [Read more]
Ravi Shastri (on Star Sports): “India may have to look at a relatively new team. A young unit, a fresh unit and build for the future.”
England needed five to win off the last 25 deliveries and Jos Buttler wouldn’t let it go into the next over. A smash over long on. England win by 10 wickets and set up the 2022 T20 World Cup final with Pakistan. A 170 run unbeaten opening stand between the England skipper and Alex Hales.Sweet Caroline being sung loud at the Adelaide Oval. It was 30 years back that the three lions played their last World Cup final in Australia and lost to the same opposition they face this Sunday. But the way they have stamped their authority over this semifinal, Pakistan would surely be wary of their opponents.
Devendra Pandey: The body language of the Indian team said it all. In the break, Rohit Sharma tried to pump in some confidence with a small pep talk. They were desperate for a wicket but they couldn’t find one as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales dominated the Indian bowlers with ease. They found the middle of the bat on a consistent basis. Indian bowlers remained clueless and so did their plans. The fielding was in shambles too.
Axar Patel bowls the most economical over in India’s innings. Just two off that 15th. But it comes a little too late as England just require 13 off the last 30 deliveries.
England spinners: 1/41 in 7 overs
India spinners: 0/55 in 5 overs
A total of 40,094 have been in attendance for this second semifinal at the Adelaide Oval today.
T20 World Cup: Pant in play for a spot in semi-final vs England
RAHUL Dravid and Rohit Sharma would have ticked most boxes and made up their minds over almost the entire playing XI for the semi-final against England on Thursday. But there is still one spot about which they will have to contemplate a lot.
Will they go with experience over the youngster everyone wants to see in the team. Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant. The team has gone all out to back the 37-year-old Karthik behind the stumps while experts and pundits would like to see Pant in the playing eleven.
It’s a hard choice to make, especially since the semi-final will be played at the Adelaide Oval. The track won’t be fresh and conditions will suit India more. The field isn’t as big as other Australian grounds, the square boundaries especially are much shorter than the straight ones. (READ MORE)