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Buttler: By far our best performance in this T20 WC

While England prepare for their 3rd final at the T20 WC, India will look back and lick their wounds

Update : 10 Nov 2022, 10:05 PM

England's crushing 10-wicket win over India was a complete performance at the Adelaide Oval Thursday as the English openers toyed with the Indian bowling line-up to book their final spot against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Chasing 169 for victory in a tense semi-final, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler batted flawlessly and secured the win with ease and four overs to spare.

The 170-run partnership between Buttler and Hales is the highest for any wicket in the history of the T20 World Cup.

The previous highest was by South Africa's Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock (168) against Bangladesh in Sydney during the Super 12s of this tournament.

England skipper Buttler hailed his team's performance after the match and admitted it was their best performance in the competition so far.

“Obviously immensely proud of the guys. That was a brilliant performance, by far our best performance in the tournament. To do it on a day like today in such a high-pressure game is immensely satisfying,” said Buttler during the post-match press conference in Adelaide.

“It was such a good team performance. I thought the bowlers were outstanding. Adil Rashid I thought had his best day for a while. He was so tough to play. I thought he looked like getting a wicket every over.

“And special mention I would say as well to Chris Jordan, to come into such a high-pressure game not having played so far in the tournament, and I asked a huge amount of him there to bowl three overs straight through at the death against such a great hitter of the ball like Hardik Pandya. That's a hell of a performance from Chris Jordan.”

England-India game was played on a used wicket and it was expected that the toss winning captain would opt to bat first.

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But Buttler made a surprise call and decided to field, which proved to be a good choice, considering so much batting depth in his side.

“I think the way they (India) played in the back 10 overs they scored heavily in that period, which I think showed what a good wicket it was. The dimensions can be tough to defend, as well. So, I was confident in the wicket,” said Buttler.

“I thought the first 12, 14 overs of our bowling were outstanding. I think taking that early wicket, the way we set them back, the way we held them put a lot of pressure. Fantastic innings from Hardik Pandya to get them up to that score.

“But I was confident to chase today. I said, again, before the game, par scores don't interest me that much. It's about winning on the day. I think there's a sort of stat, as well, saying if you win the toss here, no one has won the game, so I was glad to try and change that one. Yeah, didn't really have huge feelings either way about the toss, but my gut was saying we'd like to chase.”

India last won an ICC tournament back in 2013.

India made changes in leadership in the 2021 T20 World Cup after exiting from the group stage as Rohit Sharma was selected as captain over Virat Kohli.

But that did not change their fortunes as, this time, they were eliminated in the last four. 

The next T20 World Cup is two years away and India coach Rahul Dravid said it is too early to comment on a few senior players' career.

“Obviously disappointed to finish in the semi-finals. Probably would have certainly liked to go a couple of steps further. But yeah, just outplayed, outclassed. They were the better team in all departments really. The score line showed that,” said a disappointed Dravid.

“It's too early to talk about it (retirement of some senior players) right now just after a semi-final. These guys have been terrific performers for us. We have a couple of years to reflect on it. There's some really good quality players here, so absolutely not the right time to talk about this stuff or think about this stuff right now. We'll have enough games, enough matches as we go on ahead, and India will try and build and prepare for the next World Cup.”

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