England marched on India at the Adelaide Oval to hand them an embarrassing defeat in the semi-finals
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler were at their flaming best in the second semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup as they chased down 169 inside 16 overs against India while India captain Rohit Sharma highlighted the reasons behind the loss.
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler were at their flaming best in the second semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup as they chased down 169 inside 16 overs against India.
Both batters kept on hammering boundaries at regular intervals and the Indian bowlers had no responses to what was thrown at them. India last won an ICC title in 2013. The Indian openers Rohit and KL Rahul could not fire as expected.
However, some rearguard action by Hardik Pandya (63*) and Virat Kohli (50) took India to a fighting total. But, Indian bowlers and fielders had a poor day as England’s openers made merry.
After the loss, India captain Rohit Sharma highlighted the reasons behind the loss.
“It’s pretty disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted pretty well at the back end to get to that score, but we were not good enough with the ball. It was not a wicket where a team can come and chase it down in 16 overs. With the ball we didn’t turn up today,”Rohit Sharma said after the loss.
“When it comes to knockout stages, it’s all about handling the pressure. Depends on the individual as well. You can’t teach anyone to handle pressure. When these guys play the playoffs in the IPL and all that, those are high-pressure games, and they’re able to handle it. The way we started with the ball was not ideal. We were a little nervy, but you have to give credit to the openers as well. They played well.
“When Bhuvi bowled the first over it swung today, but not from the right areas. We wanted to keep it tight, not give room because the square of the wicket was an area we were aware of – that’s where the runs came today. If we keep it tight and the batsman still scores runs, we’ll take it. But we didn’t do that today. In the game against Bangladesh, it was tricky as well, but I thought we held our nerve that day and executed well.”
The final game of the T20 World Cup will be played between Pakistan and England on November 13.