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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, Semi-Final 2 preview

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, Semi-Final 2 preview

India is set to face England in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Throughout the tournament, India has shown remarkable consistency and remains unbeaten. In contrast, England’s journey to the semi-finals has been more turbulent, marked by losses to Australia and South Africa in the group stages and the Super 8s.

India’s Road to the Semi-Finals: India reached the semi-finals by securing three consecutive and convincing wins in the Super 8s, with the latest victory against Australia. Under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, the team clinched the top spot in Group 1 after a 24-run win over Australia, defending a total of 205 by restricting Australia to 181. India will look to maintain their strong batting performance and effective bowling in the semi-final.

England’s Journey: England, led by Jos Buttler, has shown significant improvement despite initial challenges. They advanced to their fourth consecutive semi-final by defeating the USA by ten wickets after a narrow loss to South Africa. England’s bowling attack has been strengthened by Jofra Archer’s return, and their batting lineup is also performing well, with Buttler regaining form.

Match Details:

  • Toss Time: 07:30 PM IST (02:00 PM GMT)
  • Start Time: 08:00 PM IST (02:30 PM GMT)
  • Venue: Brian Lara Cricket Academy, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

Head to Head:

  • Matches Played: 23
  • India Wins: 12
  • England Wins: 11

Recent Meetings:

  • India Wins: 3
  • England Wins: 2

Pitch and Weather Report:

  • Pitch: The Providence Stadium pitch is expected to offer a balanced contest between bat and ball. Initially, seam bowlers might benefit from variable bounce, but spinners could gain an advantage later. Teams batting first will aim to score over 190 runs.
  • Weather: Thunderstorms are forecasted in Guyana on match day, with a 50% chance of rain and temperatures around 30°C with 79% humidity.

Probable Playing XI:

  • India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah
  • England: Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

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