Team India suffered an embarrassing defeat against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final on Thursday, November 10 at the Adelaide Oval. They failed to turn up at the ground, putting up a disappointing all-round show. India was defeated by 10 wickets, as England chased down 169 runs comfortably.
Batting first, the Indian batters failed to put up a big score on the board. They lost early wickets and were on the back foot. Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya’s fifties, kept them in the game, taking the team to a respectable total of 168. However, the bowlers too had an off day on the field, failing to pick up a single wicket in the match.
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England chased down the target in 16 overs, handing India a humiliating defeat. The Rohit Sharma-led team will head back and reflect on their performance and what went wrong in the semi-finals. On that note, let’s take a look at three reasons why Team India lost the semi-final against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup:
3 Reasons why India lost the semi-final against England
#Rohit Sharma-KL Rahul failing to make an impact
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma and his opening partner KL Rahul failed to make an impact in the semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Rohit Sharma has struggled throughout the tournament. In six matches he has scored 93 runs, with a lone fifty against the Netherlands. Rohit’s poor performance has impacted India’s batting, failing to get off to good starts.
On the other hand, KL Rahul came into the semi-final on the back of a couple of fifties against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. However, he couldn’t get going against England in the semi-final. KL Rahul was dismissed for five runs in the second over, while Rohit Sharma got out for a less-than-run-a-ball 27.
#Bowling show not up to the mark
Team India’s bowlers struggled to pick up a single wicket against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final at the Adelaide Oval. They took a beating as the England openers smashed them all around the park. Expect Arshdeep Singh and Axar Patel, all the rest of the bowlers proved to be very expensive.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaked runs at a 12.5 economy rate, while Ravichandran Ashwin conceded 27 runs in his two overs. The collective failure of the bowling unit was one of the key reasons for India’s loss against England.
#England openers’ onslaught
While India’s bowling was to be blamed, England openers, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales deserve credit for pushing India under pressure right from the start. Buttler slammed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three boundaries in the first over, to kick off their onslaught. Both the skipper and Hales did not look back as they powered England to the finals.
Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 80 runs off 49 deliveries, with nine boundaries and three sixes. However, Alex Hales was the lead performer, with 86 runs at a strike rate of 182.98, slamming four boundaries and seven sixes. The England openers did not let the Indian bowlers make a comeback in the match.