IND vs ENG, T20 World Cup Semifinal: India Advance To Final With 68-Run Over England, Set Up Title Clash With South Africa

IND vs ENG, T20 World Cup Semifinal: India Advance To Final With 68-Run Over England, Set Up Title Clash With South Africa

On paper, Rohit Sharma's squad appears well-suited to the conditions at the Providence Stadium, positioning them as strong contenders for a much-anticipated revenge against England.

Rohan SenUpdated: Friday, June 28, 2024, 03:17 AM IST
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Team India's brilliant campaign in T20 World Cup 2024 continues as the Men in Blue advanced to the Final with 68-run win over England in the semifinal in Guyana on Thursday.

After posting a total of 171/7, thanks to batting brilliance of skipper Rohit Sharma (57), Suryakumar Yadav (47) and Hardik Pandya (23), Indian bowlers rattled England's batting line-up as they bundled them out for 103 in 16.4 overs. The Three Lions' batting began to collapse after skipper Jos Buttler's dismissal.

Kuldeep Yadav led India's bowling attack as he registered figures 3/19 with an economy rate of 4.80 in four overs, while Axar Patel too picked three wickets while conceding 23 runs with an 5.80 in his full quota of four overs. Apart from Kuldeep and Axar, Team India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah too contributed to India's bowling by picking two wickets.

Mid innings

Skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya's vital contributions with the bat helped India set a 172-run target for England to chase in the semifinal.

After putting to bat first, India lost two early wickets in Virat Kohli (9) and Rishabh Pant (4) and they were at 40/2. Thereafter, skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav revived India's batting with a crucial 73-run stand for the third wicket until the former was dismissed for 57 at 113/3.

Suryakumar Yadav's stay at the crease came to an end after he was removed for 47 at 124/4. After SKY's dismissal, Hardik Pandya chipped in with a cameo knock of 23 off 13 balls before he was dismissed at 146/5. India lost another wicket in quick succession as Shivam Dube dismissed for a golden duck.

Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel formed a 24-run partnership to take the team past 150-run mark until the latter was dismissed for 170/7. Eventually, India posted a total of 171.7, with Jadeja and Arshdeep Singh unbeaten on 17 and 1, respectively.

For England, Chris Jordan led the bowling attack with three wickets, while Reece Topley, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer picked a wicket each.

Live Updates:

1:00 AM: WICKET! Harry Brook b Kuldeep Yadav 25, England at 62/6

12:53 AM: WICKET! Sam Curran lbw Kuldeep 2 (4), England at 49/5

12:48 AM: WICKET! Moeen Ali st Rishabh Pant b Axar Patel 8 (10 balls), England at 46/4

12:41 AM: WICKET! Jonny Bairstow b Axar Patel 0 (2 balls), England at 35/3

12:38 AM: WICKET! Phil Salt b Jasprit Bumrah 5, England at 34/2

12:30 AM: WICKET! Jos Buttler c Rishabh Pant b Axar Patel 23, England at 26/1

12:27 AM: Jos Buttler smashes Arshdeep Singh for 12 runs in the third over. England at 26/0

12:09 AM WICKET! Axar Patel c Phil Salt b Chris Jordan 10 (6 balls), India at 170/7 in 19.5 overs.

11:51 PM: WICKET! Shivam Dube c Jos Buttler b Chris Jordan 0 (1), India at 146/6 in 17.5 overs

11:49 PM: WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Sam Curran b Chris Jordan 23 (13 balls), India at 146/5 in 17.4 overs

11:38 PM: WICKET! Suryakumar Yadav c Chris Jordan b Jofra Archer 47 (36 balls), India at 124/4 in 15.4 overs.

11:31 PM: WICKET! Rohit Sharma b Adil Rashid 57 (37 balls), India at 113/3 in 13.4 overs.

11:26 PM: Rohit Sharma picked where he left from the last match as he brought up his third fifty of the tournament in 35 balls. He hit a six off Sam Curran to complete his half-century.

11:03 PM: The rain has stopped and the match will resume at 11:15 PM IST.

10:29 PM: The rain has stopped as the sun is out and covers are off. Umpires are out on the ground to have a look. Some areas of the outfield are dampened due to rain. The match to resume after the inspection at 10:45 PM

9.53 pm - A heavy downpour has resulted in the players going off the field as rain stops play in Guyana. India 65/2 In 8 Overs (Rohit Sharma 37*, Suryakumar 13*)

9.40 pm - WICKET! Rishabh pant c Bairstow b Curran 4 (6 balls). India 40/2 (5.2 ovs)

9.26 pm - WICKET! Virat Kohli b Topley 9 (9 balls)

8.55 pm - Here are the playing XIs for this game

India XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah

England XI: Philip Salt, Jos Buttler(w/c), Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

8.52 pm - TOSS! England captain Jos Buttler wins the toss and opts to bowl first at the Providence Stadium. Both teams are unchanged for this mega clash.

8:30 PM: The good news is the sun is finally out and players from both teams started to do warm ups. India skipper Rohit Sharma came out to have a look at the pitch. Inspection is to take place at 8:45 PM IST.

7.56 pm - Jasprit Bumrah speaks to the broadcasters

"Expectations are high but weโ€™re trying to focus on our game and keep the outside noise out. We want to control the controllables. Now weโ€™re waiting for the game to happen. You need to assess the conditions, there are so many variables involved. We understand how the game goes and how the opposition plans but weโ€™re trying to focus on our strengths. Arshdeep has set the tone for us, he;โ€™s been swinging the ball. As a youngster heโ€™s very clear with his options, thatโ€™s a great sign for me."

7.40 pm - The commentators managed to conduct their pitch report just before the rain came and the main square had to be covered soon after.

7.30 pm - The toss has been officially delayed in Guyana due to the weather and outfield conditions. It's not raining at the moment but the covers are firmly in place.

7.05 pm - Just a reminder for fans that this match has 250 minutes of extra time to finish in case of a rain disruption. But 10 overs both sides are mandatory to make it a match.

7 pm - There is no rain at the moment but the clouds over the stadium remain overcast. The match is expected to start on time but could witness some rain interruptions later.

6.50 pm - Indian players and coach Rahul Dravid took a closer look at the Providence stadium pitch after the covers were taken off.

6.30 pm - โ€œThere is 85 per cent chance of the match being held to full overs as the clouds have moved away from the stadium and are going west which means the cloud canopy over the stadium is no longer dark and threatening,โ€ a security official at the stadium told The Free Press Journal.

The sun was out after the 25 minute shower for 10 minutes.

6.20 pm - Host Jatin Sapru has provided a weather update from the stadium. The main square is under covers as bright skies and sunshine grace the venue.

6.15 pm - A 15 minute heavy downpour deluged the stadium and the surrounding areas two hours before match time, casting a cloud over the india England semifinal match. However, locals said it is a passing shower with the clouds now moving away from over the stadium which nestles in the north east of the island, and have since moved to the west where the rest of the day is expected to be under heavy rains.

Preview

Adopting a bold and aggressive batting strategy, India aims to shake off their long-standing knockout stage nerves as they face reigning champions England in the T20 World Cup semifinals on Thursday. The previous semifinal clash between these two sides saw England decisively defeat a hesitant Indian team in the 2022 tournament.

Since that 10-wicket loss in Adelaide, India has transformed their top-order approach, shedding their conservative style and emerging as a formidable force in this competition. On paper, Rohit Sharma's squad appears well-suited to the conditions at the Providence Stadium, positioning them as strong contenders for a much-anticipated revenge against England.

Pitch Report

Guyana has emerged as a tough venue for batting in the T20 World Cup, with teams managing a modest run rate of 6.20 and an average score of 14.67. Although these statistics are somewhat skewed by Uganda's heavy defeats, they also highlight New Zealand, a regular semifinalist, being bowled out for just 75 runs by Afghanistan.

Spin bowlers have found significant success at the Providence Stadium, capturing 27 wickets in the five matches played so far, with a strike rate of 17.1. This remarkable performance by spinners is only surpassed by the figures at Arnos Vale in St Vincent among the regular tournament venues.

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