England defeat India by 9 wkts in T20 WC semifinal

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India lost miserably to England in the T20 world Cup semi-final played at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

England’s Alex Hales and Jos Buttler put on an unbeaten stand of 170. Their partnership helped England in chasing down 169 with all 10 wickets and 24 balls to spare. Hales remained unbeaten on 86 from just 47 deliveries while Buttler scored 80* from 49 deliveries. India had set a 169-run target vs India in 16 overs.

Earlier, Hardik Pandya’s 33-ball 63 and Virat Kohli’s 50 steered India to 168 for 6. Chris Jordan picked three wickets for England but conceded 43 runs in his four overs. England skipper Jos Buttler had won the toss and opted to bowl first in the game.

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Earlier, India had a difficult start to their innings as they lost the wicket of KL Rahul early. Rohit departed for 27 from 28 deliveries in the ninth over of the innings, whereas Suryakumar Yadav also perished soon for 14. But Kohli and Pandya stuck around and took the game deep. Kohli got dismissed just after scoring his fifty in the 18th over. But Pandya carried on and went on an onslaught to take India to a competitive score of 168/6 in their 20 overs. Pandya’s efforts helped India in adding 68 runs in the last five overs, 54 of which came from Pandya’s bat.

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England vs Pakistan Final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will be played on November 13 (Sunday). The venue of the clash is Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Australia. The match begins at 1:30 PM IST, 7 PM local time (Australia time).

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