England humiliated India by 10 wickets
Hardik Pandya’s 33-ball 63 and Virat Kohli‘s 50 steered India to 168 for 6. Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England but conceded 43 runs in his four overs. England skipper Jos Buttler had won the toss and opted to bowl first in the game
It’ll be Pakistan vs England at the MCG. Thirty years after Pakistan vs England at the MCG. What an occasion it will be because it’ll be two utterly in-form teams at peak confidence. A ten-wicket win in a semi-final. With four overs remaining. An absolute hammering. For India, this result has eerie echoes of their semi-final against West Indies at the Wankhede back in 2016. Their batting has evolved significantly since then, and that evolution has been accelerated over the last year or so, but they still have a long way to go to catch up with the very best T20 batting sides.
Alex Hales: Player of the Match for England
Alex Hales, the Player of the Match: “A huge occasion, really happy with the way I played. I think this is one of the best grounds to bat in in the world. Great value to hit your shots with the short square boundaries, and a ground I have good memories at. I never thought I’d play in a World Cup again, and to get a chance is a special feeling. It’s a country I love playing in. Jos was unbelievable out there.”
Captain on mic share their thoughts
Rohit Sharma: “It’s pretty disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted pretty well at the back end to get to that score, but we were not good enough with the ball. It was definitely not a wicket where a team can come and chase it down in 16 overs. With the ball, we didn’t turn up today. When it comes to knockout stages, it’s all about handling the pressure.”
Jos Buttler: The character we’ve shown to get through the tournament since then, and put in our best performance today, has been amazing. We came here excited, it was a really good feeling when we came in. A group effort from 1 to 11. We always want to start as fast as we can and be aggressive.”