Alex Hales and Jos Buttler were the architects of England’s win in the semis, after Hardik Pandya‘s scintillating went in vain. Indian bowlers put on a dismal display with the ball, failing to dismiss any English batter on a pitch, that became slower in the second innings.
Skipper Jos Buttler put India on the backfoot straight away, hitting the first ball of the innings for a four off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He struck two more fours in the opening over, to start with a bang. After that, it was Alex Hales, who piled on the misery for the Indian bowlers, with a stunning knock in the powerplay. The England openers never once appeared to be in trouble during the run chase, which they completed in 16 overs with a six to end the match.
Earlier with the bat, India had a decent start with the bat. KL Rahul started the innings with a four, but got out in the next over. After three overs, India were 11/1. Rohit Sharma‘s boundaries in the last two overs helped India finish the powerplay in a better position than it had begun.
However, English bowlers didn’t gave Indian batters much chance to take the game away, as they sent dangerous looking Rohit Sharma and World No.1 T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav in the middle overs. Hardik Pandya, who was promoted up the order, took on the task of rebuilding the Indian innings with the help of Virat Kohli.
His partnership of 61 runs with Virat Kohli, another half-centurion, was essential to India in posting the total. The pair started troubling English bowlers, hitting Liam Livingstone for 10 runs. However, Virat Kohli was dismissed by England as soon as he achieved his half century off of 40 balls.
In the seventeenth over, Pandya welcomed Sam Curran with a towering six. The first two balls of Jordan’s subsequent over saw him hit two sixes. In the 19th over, he hammered Curran for two boundaries and a maximum to score his first fifty of the tournament. He was hitwicket in the last ball of the innings, the first for a T20 WC. However, it wasn’t enough as England chased the target down with three overs to spare.