England has successfully qualified for the semifinals for the third consecutive time since losing the final in 2016. The three lions have faced some serious hiccups in the process of doing so. They lost to Ireland after the rain spoiled the party. Livingstone and Moeen were on the crease when the rain arrived that day. Ireland was ecstatic that day and there was agony and only agony for the English side. Their chances were seriously dented that day. The insult to injury was their game getting washed away against Australia. After all these, they were ruled out of contention for the semi-finals. However, they bounced back strongly and won their matches against the Kiwis and Sri Lanka. After beating these two sides they made it to the semis and will now face the winner of Group A, India.
In this article, we will discuss both England and Indian sides and will weigh their chances of winning this semifinal.
In the recent edition of the t20 world cup, the Indian team fell well short of the hopes of their fans. They were blown away by their arch-rivals Pakistan in the first game of the world cup. After that, they were knocked out. This time around with the new captain Rohit Sharma they are looking to make the same impact they made in the first edition of the T20 World Cup. They will face England in Adelaide. Kohli is the person who all will look to. He has been very good in the tournament so far. However, he was kept silent by the English bowlers during the t20s played between the two sides before the World Cup. He will surely look to rectify it. Suryakumar is another key player for the men in blue. He scores briskly. He is yet to make his mark on the biggest stage of all. Bhuveneshwar and Arshdeep have patrolled the new ball. If they fire on the 10th then it can be curtains for England. India’s openers are not firing according to their reputation. This will be the sole worry for the men in blue.
They are yet to win a t20 World Cup. Jos Buttler is counting on his side to win him the cup. Ben Stokes is the X factor that any side will be proud of. He scored a match-winning 42 not out against Sri Lanka. He is also doing good with the new ball. He has taken some important scalps and has served well in the absence of Topley. Alex Hales will be keen on making an impact in the semifinal. His career has been full of controversies. However, he has the perfect chance now to attain greatness and it will be wise of him to avail it. England heavily banks on their captain. Butler has been their main man with the bat. If he is on song it will be a hell of a ride for the Indian bowlers. England will also rely on their all-rounders to do good in the all-important game on Thursday.