This surely wasn’t part of the script, was it?
With a modest total of 168, the Indian bowlers were expected to put up a fight, but the unthinkable happened.
The two openers, Hales and Buttler, joined forces to end India’s dream, which was fading with each over.
The difference between the two teams was how their openers performed in the first overs, with India scoring 38 and England scoring 63 for no loss.
India had no chance of getting back into this game as England’s strategy was extremely apparent.
Buttler’s outstanding performance as captain in this world series has been marked by incredible maturity and compassion, as he has been England’s steadfast presence throughout.
Hales had been waiting for an opportunity for too long, and after too many controversies and squandered years, he finally got the nod ahead of Roy, and he proved his point.
England triumphed with 24 balls to spare and will travel to Melbourne for the rematch of the 1992 World Cup final.
Disheartening end to an amazing campaign.
The way we started the tournament with a win over our archrivals was not meant to end the way it did. It was another disappointing finish to a promising campaign, as India appears to be still a work in progress. Return to the drawing board.
In an amusing twist, the finals will be played between
170/0 and 152/0.