Poor beginning marked by lack of power hitting up front
India has had poor starts in this tournament and Thursday was no different. KL Rahul again was dismissed cheaply by Chris Woakes in the second over. Rohit Sharma also scored at the rate of run-a-ball. This especially hurt India as lack of power hitting in the powerplay overs meant that they had to make up for it in the middle overs and death overs. At the end of three overs, India were 11/1. On the other hand, England scored 13 runs in the opening over itself.
Over reliance on SKY, who had a rare failure
Bad opening led to India making most of its runs in middle overs. Suryakumar Yadav was very integral in the flow of runs in the middle. He along with Virat Kohli kept the bowlers on their toes. However, in the semifinal, in spite of playing some beautiful shots, SKY failed to do much damage and that didn’t help India.
Lack of a genuine pacer to provide variation in case swing fails
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is a magician with the ball, when there is swing. However, on a day when swing failed, he leaked too many runs in his opening spell, paving the way for English batters to set on the wicket. Lack of a genuine pacer who can hit 140 clicks like Jasprit Bumrah, hurt India immensely and they were put on the backfoot straight away by Hales and Buttler in the opening three overs.
Lack of a wrist spinner on a track that didn’t naturally support finger spin
The pitch at the Adelaide Oval had little aid for finger spinners. England knew this and their wrist spinner Adil Rashid helped them take the crucial wicket of Yadav. He also stifled the flow of runs in the middle overs, leaking only 20 runs in his four over spell. On the other hand, the Men in Blue didn’t have one wrist spinner, and Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin couldn’t stop the rate at which Hales and Buttler were scoring runs.
Amazing all round display by England, especially their openers
England put on a dominating display with both bat and the ball. The only area where they didn’t perform well was the death bowling, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s fifty. However, Hales and Buttler didn’t even reached the death overs, chasing the target down in just 16 overs. The openers were phenomenal with the bat, hitting Indian bowlers all around the park. Hales and Buttler also made good use of the Adelaide Oval’s dimensions, hitting sixes consistently along the shorter side at square of the wicket.