Friday, January 27, 2023

It’s Pakistan vs England in T20 World Cup Final after India lose by 10 wickets

England cruised into the Twenty20 World Cup final after the historic hammering of India in the second semi-final in Adelaide, Australia.

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales recorded the highest partnership in the tournament’s history to help England clinch a 10-wicket win and set up the tournament final against Pakistan.

Chasing a target of 169, English openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler were unstoppable, as both finished unbeaten and handed over a resounding 10-wicket defeat to India. Hales played outstanding innings of 86 runs off 47 balls, while Buttler scored 80 off 49.

After losing the toss and being put into batting, India did not have the best of starts, losing KL Rahul in the second over. But the men in blue made a comeback scoring a respectable total of 168, thanks to half-centuries scored by Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. The duo put on a 61-run fourth-wicket stand, taking 57 off the final three overs, including 20 runs in a single over bowled by Sam Curran.

England on the other hand took a pretty different approach to their innings to India, as they tried to score quite quickly right from the beginning. English openers scored 63 runs in the powerplay, twice of India’s score at the same point in their innings. Alex Hales was named player of the match.

The winning team will now meet Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Sunday’s final. Pakistan had beaten New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Sydney to book a spot in the tournament final.

Meanwhile, the most awaited T20 World Cup final is also under threat, with Melbourne predicted to be peppered by rain on Sunday evening. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast a 95% chance of showers (8 to 20 mm) in the Victorian capital on the final day.

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