Adelaide, Australia: England rolled over India in a 10-wicket win on Thursday and set up a T20 World Cup final against Pakistan.
Set 169 to win, England reached its target with four overs to spare as openers Alex Hales (86 not out) and Jos Buttler (80 not out) obliterated India’s bowlers. Theirs was the highest England opening stand in Twenty20 cricket, and the highest opening stands in all T20 World Cups.
“It was almost a perfect innings,” Hales said. “It is as special as it gets.”
Hales’ 86 came off 47 balls, and Buttler’s 80 off 49. This was after leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s four-over spell of 1-20 helped to restrict India to a respectable 168-6. Chris Jordan finished with 3-43. Hardik Pandya’s 63 off 33 went in vain.
The final is on Sunday in Melbourne. Pakistan downed New Zealand on Wednesday.