England in the final after 12 years after defeating India
England captain Jos Buttler warned that the India-Pakistan final will spoil the party. The English team leader said that in Adelaide. Rohit crushed Sharma and lifted the team to the final. His words are true, the India-Pakistan party is not in the final. England will face Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13. They defeated India by 10 wickets in the final after 12 years. Batting first, India posted a challenging score of 168 for 6 in the fifties of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. In response, the English reached the port of victory with 4 overs in hand due to Hales-Butler’s rampage.
England’s two openers Alex Hales and Josh Buttler were fierce from the start chasing runs in the fight to reach the final. England scored 50 runs in 4.5 overs and completed their hundred in 10.1 overs. Hales scored a fifty off 28 balls. Buttler took 36 balls to make his fifty there. Ultimately the Butler-Hales duo was unstoppable. England reached the port of victory with 4 overs in hand. Hales won the Man of the Match award with an unbeaten 86 off 47 balls with four fours and seven sixes. England captain Josh Buttler remained unbeaten on 80 runs off 74 balls with nine fours and three sixes.
Earlier, after losing the toss in Adelaide, Team India stumbled at the start of batting. Chris Woakes dismissed Lokesh Rahul for 5 runs. India was under some pressure when the opener Rahul was out for 9 runs.
Then captain Rohit tried to handle the pressure. He also could not score many runs with slow batting. He scored 27 runs off 28 balls at a strike rate of 96.42 in the semi-final match. Even after 4 fours, he could not hit any sixes. Rohit was dismissed by Chris Jordan.
Suryakumar, who was in great rhythm, was dismissed for 14 runs off 10 balls. He hit a four and a six. Virat Kohli was standing at the other end. He added 61 runs with Hardik Pandya. The former Indian captain scored 50 off 40 balls before returning.
Hardik showed a great storm in the end. The right-arm pace all-rounder scored a team-high 63 runs off 33 balls. He hit five sixes and four fours before being hit on the last ball. Besides, Rishabh Pant scored 6 runs.
Chris Jordan, who entered England’s eleven in place of Mark Wood, took 3 wickets with 43 runs in 4 overs. Sam Curren managed 42 runs in 4 overs and remained wicketless. Leg spinner Adil Rashid bowled well. He gave only 20 runs in 4 overs. Took a wicket. Besides, Chris Woakes took a wicket with 24 runs in 3 overs.
England will play against Pakistan in the World Cup final for the first time since the 1992 ODI World Cup. In that World Cup of 92, England’s dream was shattered by losing to Pakistan by 22 runs. After 30 years, the English got a chance to take revenge for that loss.