The league stage of the T20 World Cup 2022 was done and dusted with the match between India and Zimbabwe ending in the Rohit Sharma-led team’s win. India finished at the top of the points table in Group 2 and hence have been pitted against England for their semifinal clash. The two teams will take on each other at the Adelaide Oval on 10 November to decide who goes to Melbourne.
The league stage of the tournament was filled with surprises with the four semifinalists getting finalized on the last day. The pitches and boundary dimensions at the five venues- Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney have played a big role in making the game at the T20 WC 2022 enthralling.
Now, as the second semifinal between India and England is scheduled to take place in Adelaide, the talks around what would be a good score have started. England captain Jos Buttler was also asked if England have a score in mind that they would be looking to put or restrict the opposition at. To this, Buttler had a rather interesting reply.
The England captain said that he is not interested in a par score but will be looking for a winning score. He, however mentioned the par score at the Adelaide Oval also.
“If we set first, we will be looking to post a score that can’t be chased and we are confident to chase anything down if we bat second. Historically, if we look at the stats it shows that 165 is around the par score here (Adelaide Oval). But I am not really interested in a par score but I am interested in a winning score,” said the England captain.
It’s worth mentioning that England have not played a game at the Adelaide Oval so far in the tournament. On the other hand, India have played one game at the venue where they posted 184/6 batting first and won the match by five runs. Also, out of the eleven T20Is played at the Adelaide Oval, the team winning the toss has lost the game.