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England demolished India by ten wickets in the second men’s T20 World Cup semi final at the

Adelaide Oval in Australia to secure safe passage to the World Cup final on Sunday.

Tournament favourites India were sent into bat first and scored 168-6 from their 20 overs. After

a sluggish start of just 62-2 from the first ten overs, they exploded in the final four overs as

England’s death bowlers conceded 58 runs. England responded emphatically, chasing down 170-

0 in just 16 overs as openers Alex Hales and Jos Butler went ballistic in what is now a record

breaking partnership in T20 cricket. The previous record was a 168 run stand between Quinton

de Kock and Rilee Rossouw.

India’s top scorer Hardik Pandya came to the crease with the score 76-3 in the 12th over and key

accelerator in the middle overs Suryakumar Yadav holding out to Phil Salt on the cover

boundary. He was tasked with the role of stemming the English momentum alongside Virat Kohli

and then applying some much needed acceleration and he delivered. After being 13 from his

first 15 balls, he brought up his fifty after just 29 balls with a superbly timed four to the

midwicket boundary. He ended with 63 runs, standing on his wicket trying to hoick Chris Jordan

for a boundary through mid wicket.

Jos Butler set the tone for this chase, coming down the wicket to the very first ball from

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and taking the first over for 13 runs. After that the shackles were off and

India never looked like containing England. Player of the Match Alex Hales scored 86 runs not out

with four fours and seven sixes including a massive one off Mohammed Shami over long off, the

longest boundary in the ground.

England will face Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday with the aim of becoming the

first team to hold the 50 over World Cup and the T20 World Cup at the same time. It will also be

a replay of the 1992 World Cup final that Pakistan won by twenty-two runs to become world

champions for the first time.

Summarised Scores:

India 168 for 6 (Hardik 63, Kohli 50, Jordan 3-43)

England 170 for 0 (Hales 86*, Buttler 80*)

England won by ten wickets

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