India, England eye T20 World Cup final against Pakistan | Cricket News

The two top-ranked teams from the T20 meet in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup with Pakistan awaiting the final.

Who: England v India
November 10, 08:00 GMT
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

This showdown between the two top-ranked T20 teams promises to be a fascinating encounter.

India and England approach the semi-final on an equal footing. Although they have both put in eye-catching performances so far in the tournament, their weakness has been exposed by their opponents.

Oh, and if India wins, Pakistan awaits them in Melbourne for the decider.

India have won 12 of 20 T20s against England. It will be their fourth meeting in a T20 World Cup, England having won only once.

India inflicted damaging victories on England in this tournament. In 2007 Yuvraj SIngh hit Stuart Broad for six sixes and in the 2012 edition England were consolidated for 80. It remains their joint lowest tally in the T20s and is the third lowest scorer in the league. history of the T20 World Cup.

It was also the last time the two faced each other in the World Cup.

Road to the final
India started their World Cup with a spectacular last-ball win over Pakistan.

After easily beating the Netherlands, India’s first loss in the tournament came against South Africa. Despite Suryakumar Yadav’s late fightback, the 133 runs they posted on the board were easily chased away.

Rain and Litton Das gave India a brief scare in their match against Bangladesh but they prevailed in the end. Their place in the semi-finals was sealed ahead of the final group game against Zimbabwe and the ensuing 71-point win was a confidence-boosting result heading into the game against England.

England haven’t hit their stride in the tournament. While they routed Afghanistan in their opener, they were brought down by Ireland in a rain-spoiled game.

With their match against Australia in vain, captain Jos Buttler led from the front against New Zealand with a remarkable 73 from 47 that saw them win by 20 points. A win over Sri Lanka in their final group game saw England qualify and holders Australia were eliminated.

Key matches
A crucial battle in the game will be between England’s batting and India’s bowling.

While the two have come relatively unscathed so far, they haven’t been convincing. Jasprit Bumrah’s injury dealt a huge blow to India’s chances. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh deftly filled the hole in his absence but showed signs of being likely to counterattack at bat.

Virat Kohli is the tournament’s current top scorer with 246 points, closely followed by Suryakumar Yadav in third with 226.

For England, it’s a style of batting that Buttler, and much of England’s batting roster, has made a name for. The England captain has been sorely short of his best in this World Cup. However, Buttler, with Alex Hales in the lead, sets the tone for the rest of the innings as he showed in the game against New Zealand.

Sam Curran was the best English player in the tournament: 10 wickets with an average of 9.4 and the only player so far in the tournament to win five wickets.

He was ably supported by pacemaker Mark Wood and spinner Adil Rashid, who have also won both good tournaments so far.

Sam Curran has been England’s best player in the tournament so far [Patrick Hamilton / AFP]

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