The wait of 15 years got longer, as India suffered a humiliating 10-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. A defeat that no one could have imagined. Even England would not have expected such a win against India. England stood out in the match. The pair of Kohli and Hardik again performed brilliantly and gave the team a good total of 168 runs, but Butler and Hales hit the Indian bowlers from the beginning and continued their attack till the end. It was not a matter of defeat by ten wickets, but England completed this score in just 16 overs. That was a sad thing. Defeat and loss in sports is an everyday affair, but the Indian fans will not be able to digest such a big loss and that in such an important match.
Butler’s brave decision
It was a brave decision by the England captain who won the toss. Perhaps he took this decision because of the unavailability of his best bowler Mark Wood. He counted on his batting more than he did on his bowlers.
Had Mark Wood been there, Butler would have decided to bat first, although Wood’s absence was well filled by Jordan who justified the captain’s confidence by getting the wickets of important batsmen like Rohit, Kohli and Hardik.
Adil Rashid and Livingstone kept the Indian batsmen silent by bowling superb spin, though the Indian batsmen are considered masters of playing spin.
Rahul-Rohit disappointed again
The Indian opening pair disappointed again. KL Rahul returned to the pavilion after scoring just nine runs. Initially, it seemed Rohit would play a long innings, but when his eyes were fixed, he went out after playing a bad shot. He scored 27 runs in 28 balls.
Suryakumar was a big hope for India, but today he could not shine as he was out after scoring 14 runs. The way he got out was very bad. Such an irresponsible shot on such a delicate occasion when two big wickets of the team fell early, was not expected. However, from here King Kohli and Hardik Pandya took the lead and after a few glances, attacked the England bowlers fiercely. That Adelaide is the guarantee of Kohli’s success was proved again today. Kohli played a brilliant innings of 50 runs off 40 balls.
Hardik did what he said
Hardik Pandya was asked in the pre-match interview how far is his best innings from now and his answer was only two and a half hours away. Pandya also proved what he said and played a stormy innings. Hardik played a blistering innings of 63 runs off 33 balls, which included four fours and five huge sixes, before being hit for the last ball of the innings. India ended the innings for 168 runs. It was considered a good score on the Adelaide pitch, but Butler and Hales were in a different mood today. Butler hit a series of fours as soon as he came and, in a short time, Alex Hales, too, picked up the pace such a way that he left Butler behind. However, Butler came on a par with him. Butler scored 80 and Hales 86. Hales hit seven sixes and Butler nine fours and three sixes.
The big thing was that England scored 170 runs in just 16 overs to hand India a humiliating defeat that will continue to hurt them for a long time.