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England team crushes India with 10 wickets victory in the second semi-final to play final match against Pakistan on Sunday

England inflicted a humiliating defeat to India with 10 wickets as their opening pair achieved the target without losing any wicket. England team’s opening pair made the match one-sided with 169 runs in 16th over.

England’s batsmen Buttler and Hales continued to thrash the Indian bowlers with fours and sixes. When the opening pair’s partnership crossed century, the cricket fans termed the match one-sided while Indians too lost their hope of winning the semi-final match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

Hales made 81 runs and Buttler scored 71 runs till 15th over and both were on the crease for a humiliating defeat to India in the second Twenty20 World Cup semi-final in Adelaide on Thursday.

Now England and Pakistan will play in the final match on Sunday in Australia.

Virat Kohli made 50, his fourth half-century of the tournament, and put on key partnerships including a 61-run fourth-wicket stand with Pandya, who tore into the opposition attack in the final overs.

England bowlers were disciplined with Chris Jordan picking three wickets but Pandya broke loose with a flurry of boundaries and smashed left-arm quick Sam Curran for 20 runs in the 19th over.

The winner will meet Pakistan, who beat New Zealand in the first semi-final, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Sunday’s final.

England, who had two forced changes after Dawid Malan and Mark Wood missed out due to injuries, invited India to bat and KL Rahul began with a cracking boundary off Ben Stokes.

Seamer Chris Woakes had Rahul caught behind off a rising delivery for five.

Skipper Rohit Sharma hit four boundaries after a scratchy start as he and Kohli attempted to rebuild but Jordan, in the side for Wood, broke through in his first over.

Jordan ended a 43-run partnership when Sharma mistimed to wide long-on with the score on 57 and India reached the halfway point at 62-2 off 10 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav smashed a six and four off Stokes but soon fell to Adil Rashid’s leg-spin for 14.

Kohli passed 4,000 T20 international runs with a boundary off Liam Livingstone that took India´s total to 100-3 after 15 overs.

Kohli, who leads the tournament batting chart with 296 runs, reached 50 off 39 balls but fell next delivery to a sharp catch at short third man by Rashid off Jordan.

Pandya smashed four fours and five sixes before treading on his stumps to be out hit wicket off Jordan´s final ball of the innings.

Javed Mahmood
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