England delivered a sensational performance on Thursday evening on the biggest stage, cruising to a 10-wicket victory against reigning champions India
England delivered a sensational performance on Thursday evening on the biggest stage, cruising to a 10-wicket victory against reigning champions India in the first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup at Edgbaston.
Openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler contributed greatly to England’s victory, building excellent partnerships throughout the day.
England began strongly, taking advantage of an early dampness in the pitch to unsettle India’s top order batsmen. The openers negotiated the new ball bowling of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes confidently, before Hales made the breakthrough, dismissing Rohit Sharma (1) on his way to a career-best 3-20 off 5 overs with his off-spin.
Hoever, Buttler was the star of the show with the ball. His 4-43 from 10 overs helped restrict India to a relatively low total of 224. The all-rounder bowled a patient, accurate line to tie down the Indian middle order, taking decisive wickets on the way.
Chasing 225, Hales and Buttler then put on a masterful display of batting. Hales was early to the crease, using his feet well against the spinners and playing with a detached authority. Buttler was equally impressive, and played with an effortless fluency to put together a sublime and unbroken 186 partnership for the first wicket.
The duo moved to their target of 225 with a minimum of fuss, finishing the job in only 36.1 overs. This was a performance of great courage and skill, and it laid the perfect platform for England to push on to their first ever World Cup final.
It was a remarkable exhibition of world-class cricket by two of England’s finest performers. Hales and Buttler will undoubtedly be key figures again when England take on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.
Alex Hales, Jos Buttler carry England into final with 10-wicket mauling of India
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler put on a stunning display as England cruised into the ICC World T20 final with a ten-wicket victory against India in Kolkata.
England’s Dominant Batting Performance
Hales and Buttler both made match-defining knocks to ensure a thumping win for the Three Lions. After a fiery opening spell from Chris Jordan, in which he reduced India to 55-5, Hales and Buttler chased down their 172-run target with ease.
Hales made a solid 82 from 51, supported by Buttler’s unbeaten 64. Buttler – who was awarded man of the match – finished off the match with a sensational pulled six off the last ball, theatrically sparking England’s celebrations.
India’s Worrying Performance
The match exposed some worrying issues in India’s batting line-up, with only Virat Kohli making a significant contribution, making 47.
India’s spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were also put to the sword, returning figures of 0-37 and 0-47 respectively. Question marks were also raised over India’s choice to leave out experienced batsman Yuvraj Singh.
England On Top of the World
England come into the World Cup final full of confidence, buoyed by several other strong performances in the tournament so far, including a 92-run win against South Africa.
England’s Remaining Fixtures
England will face the winner of the second semi-final between West Indies and New Zealand.
England’s Ashes squad
England have also announced the squad for their upcoming tour of Australia, where they will be aiming to reclaim the Ashes from the Aussies:
- Alastair Cook (capt.)
- Moeen Ali
- James Anderson
- Jonny Bairstow
- Jos Buttler
- Steven Finn
- Alex Hales
- Chris Jordan
- Liam Plunkett
- Adil Rashid
- Joe Root
- Ben Stokes
- James Taylor
- Mark Wood
England can be proud of their performance of late, and hopes are high that they can finish the year on a real high.