England take on India in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide on November 10. Both the teams are past winners of the tournament. India won the title in 2007 while England in 2010. England made the final again in 2016 and the semis back to back in 2021 and 2022.
India, on the other hand, made a group-stage exit in 2021. They made the semis in 2007, 2014, 2016, and now 2022. They played in two finals in 2007 and 2014.
India topped group 1 with 8 points from four matches as they made it to the semi-finals. They won against Pakistan, Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe losing only to South Africa. England, won against Afghanistan to start their campaign. Then they had a shocking loss to Ireland. Their match against Australia was rained out. Back-to-back wins against New Zealand and Sri Lanka propelled them to the semi-finals.
In terms of head to heads, India have won 12 out of the 22 T20I matches played between both sides. In T20 World Cups, India won two games while England one. Both teams will play a T20I encounter at Adelaide Stadium for the first time.
ENG vs IND Match Preview, ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Semi-Final 2
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was hit on his right forearm during practice but has recovered from it. He attended the pre-match presser and spoke about the possibility of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik both playing in the XI. He said the management will take a call on the same before the game and judging by the conditions. Meanwhile, reports in Cricbuzz say that the management is keen on playing Pant in the semis.
Reports also say that India might field an unchanged XI that played against Zimbabwe. This also means that Axar Patel will be persisted within the lineup despite his poor returns with the ball so far. Yuzvendra Chahal might have to continue to warm the bench as R Ashwin will lead the spin attack.
Virat Kohli (246) and Suryakumar Yadav (225) will again be key for India in the batting department. KL Rahul after starting the tournament poorly has scored two back-to-back fifties. Rohit Sharma has just scored one fifty-plus score with the bat.
With the ball, Arshdeep Singh has led the charge for India taking 10 wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have accounted for 10 wickets between themselves while Ashwin as written above has taken six wickets. Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer has also taken six wickets. The bowling combination has worked well for India so far and they would like to replicate their form against England.
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
England has their concerns with the top order and the middle order. Both have not yet come to the party as well as they would have liked. Jos Buttler has scored 119 runs in four matches while Alex Hales has scored 125. They have averaged in and around 30 so far in the tournament. They might be without Dawid Malan in the semi-final who coped with a groin injury in the match against Sri Lanka. Phil Salt is expected to replace him in the lineup.
They have performed better with the ball so far in this tournament. Sam Curran (10 wickets) and Mark Wood (9 wickets ) have been the key wicket-takers. Wood has bowled with his pace up which has disturbed a few top-class batters.
The Indian batters will have to be wary about his raw pace in the big semi-final. The side has so far won matches on individual performances and have to bring their collective game in the semi-final against India.
One expects the match to be defined by how well the Indian batters play Mark Wood. England scraped to victory in the last match against Sri Lanka and won by four wickets. It is expected to be a tight contest with a place in the final on the line.
Jos Buttler (Captain), Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Philip Salt, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tymal Mills.
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