No dream final with Pakistan as hapless India tossed out of World Cup by England


India were given a beating for the periods by England in the alternatesemi-final of the World Cup 2022 in Adelaide on Thursday — a result that not only embarrassed their own suckers but also disappointed Pakistan sympathizers hoping for a dream final between thearch-rivals.

The Green Shirt had held their end of the deal by dominating New Zealand a day before to reach the final on Sunday but Rohit Sharma and Co’s literal meltdown means that it’ll be a Pakistan- England final.

Before, Hardik Pandya smashed 63 off 33 balls to power India to a competitive 168- 6 against England in the alternate Twenty20 World Cupsemi-final in Adelaide on Thursday.

Virat Kohli made 50, his fourth half- century of the event, and put on crucial hookups including a 61- run fourth- gate stage with Pandya, who tore into the opposition attack in the final overs.

England bowlers were chastened with Chris Jordan picking three lattices 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 firstsemi-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 club and KL Rahul began with a cracking boundary off Ben Stokes.

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

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

Jordan ended a 43- run cooperation 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,000 T20 transnational runs with a boundary off Liam Livingstone that took India’s aggregate to 100- 3 after 15 overs.

Kohli, who leads the event fur map 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 traipsing on his wholes to be out hit gate off Jordan’s final ball of the innings.

India, who outgunned Group 2 with four triumphs in five matches, are searching for their first global title since the 2013 Champion jewel triumph. They won the initial T20 World Cup in 2007.

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