England witnessed a dominating start in the 2nd semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 against India from the first over itself and never let the men in blue sniff an opportunity at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. England openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler came out all guns blazing while chasing down a target of 169 runs by scoring 63 runs in the powerplay, and continued with their momentum as they inched closer to the target against the Rohit Sharma-led team.
En route, the English openers were helped by a couple of fielding errors as well, the most notable one was by Mohammed Shami which had left both Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya fuming. The incident took place in the ninth over the innings where Buttler lapped the fuller and outside-off delivery from Hardik over to the fine leg.
Mohammed Shami sprinted in quickly to restrict it to only two runs, but upon collecting the ball near the boundary ropes, he flipped it over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but got his throw wrong. The ball went over Bhuvneshwar’s head, allowing England to steal two more runs. Hardik was left seething while captain Rohit was furious as the big fielding blunder in the deep.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Talking about the match, Virat Kohli scored his fourth half-century score in the tournament after India was asked to bat first while Hardik scored an impressive knock of 63 runs as India notched up a total of 168 for six in 20 overs.
India bowlers failed to grab the momentum early on as England openers fired boundaries all around the park to race away to 108 runs for no loss in 10 overs. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales guided England to a comfortable chase as both scored fiery half-centuries to help England chase down the totals with all 10 wickets intact and 4 overs to spare.