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ENG star’s dig at Rohit’s ‘bowlers didn’t show up’ comment after T20 WC semi-final tie | Cricket

Rohit Sharma and Co. enjoyed a stellar campaign in the T20 World Cup, kicking off the tournament with a thrilling final victory over Pakistan. The team endured just one setback throughout the Super 12 stage and finished top of their respective group to set a semi-final date against England.

However, the Indian ship went down against a formidable English unit, who beat the Men in Blue by ten wickets in the knockout clash. England captain Jos Buttler and his opening partner Alex Hales emerged as the star of the show, as they played up the Indian bowling attack and chased down a challenging target of 169 runs with four overs to spare.

Buttler crushed an unbeaten 80 in 49 deliveries, while teammate Hales chipped in with a destructive 47-ball 86. After defeating India, England took another beautiful victory over Pakistan and secured their second T20 world title in Melbourne.

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England’s star player of the semi-final, Hales, in a virtual media chat shared his thoughts on the fixture, also underlining where India fell short in the knockout tie. Hales pointed out that it wasn’t poor bowling that cost the Men In Blue the game, in fact, he feels it was the batting, where India missed out. His comments were a dig at Rohit’s comment, who said after the semi-final loss: “We weren’t up to scratch on the ball, we couldn’t turn up today.”

“To be honest I think India were 30 runs short. Adelaide is a really high scoring ground with shorter limits on both sides. Chasing a total of 160 or 170 is a bit easy in that venue and credit to our bowling that he played exceptionally well, because he expected India to put up a total of around 190.

“Chasing 170, you always feel comfortable in Adelaide. Jos and I were building on the momentum to attack on the power play from the previous games. We wanted to attack early on and the conditions supported us brilliantly. I don’t necessarily think it was bowling India’s poor, I think it was just a target for us,” Hales said.

Meanwhile, after the T20 World Cup, the India team has already moved on to their next assignment which is a limited full series against New Zealand.

England, on the other hand, fell behind in Australia where they are involved in an ODI series against the Kangaroos.


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