IND vs ENG Semifinal: India will take revenge against England in the T20 World Cup semi-final

With an aggressive batting approach, India will look to end their losing streak in the knockout stage for over a decade when they take on defending champions England in the semi-final of the T20 Cricket World Cup here on Thursday.

The last time these two teams clashed in the semi-finals of this tournament, England crushed India by 10 wickets in 2022. Since the crushing 10-wicket defeat in Adelaide, India have managed to shed their conservative approach in the top order and have been unbeaten in the competition so far.

Given the likely conditions at the Providence Stadium, on paper Rohit Sharma and his men look strong and ready to take revenge. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here since the opening match and the likes of India’s Kuldeep Yadav and England’s Adil Rashid will be eager to showcase their skills in the knockout clash. Fast bowlers have also found success at this ground.

Afghanistan fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi played a key role in his team’s win against New Zealand at the start of the tournament. Interestingly, no match has been played here since June 8. On that day, West Indies registered an easy win against Uganda. This gave the curator extra time to prepare a suitable pitch for this high profile match.

India performed well in the Super Eight stage but under the immense pressure of the semi-finals, mistakes are inevitable. In the top order, India will hope for runs from the bat of Virat Kohli who has not performed well in this tournament as per his high standards. In contrast, his opening partner and captain Rohit has set the standard for other batsmen in terms of fearless cricket.

His explosive innings of 92 runs off 41 balls against Australia will not be easily forgotten for some time to come. For both Rohit and Kohli, this is probably the last chance to win the T20 World Cup in the Indian jersey and both will be desperate to leave their mark. Rohit has already made it clear that he intends to bat aggressively in the powerplay regardless of personal achievements which was also evident in the match against Australia.

Shivam Dubey has not batted as expected in the middle order and it will be interesting to see how he performs against the clever leg spinner Rashid. India is likely to go into this match unchanged. However, the team has leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who can prove useful against England’s right-handed batsmen like Phil Salt, Jos Buttler, Harry Brook and Johnny Bairstow.

Chahal has not got a chance to play a single match in this tournament so far and it is expected to remain the same as India is expected to give chances to the spin trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep. Kuldeep proved to be a trump card for the team in the Super Eight. Jasprit Bumrah is bowling brilliantly and England will have to do something special to score runs against him.

Hardik Pandya has impressed with his all-round performance and the team will hope to continue the same performance from him. On the other hand, England’s campaign was full of ups and downs. They lost to South Africa in the Super Eight but then they turned things around.

Captain Buttler scored in England’s last Super Eight match and with his familiarity with the Indian attack, he is well placed to play a match-changing innings. His opening partner Salt can take the game away from the opposition very quickly and India will have to get them out in the powerplay.

Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali are expected to score more runs. Moeen’s off-spin could be useful against India’s left-handed batsmen. Liam Livingstone, who bowls both leg and off-spin, could also bowl his full quota of overs as he did against the USA.

Rashid’s four overs can also prove to be decisive in this important match. In his first major competition after returning from injury, fast bowler Joffra Archer has performed well in seven matches so far and he will prepare himself to trouble Rohit and Kohli with the new ball.

Chris Jordan’s confidence will also be sky high after taking a hat-trick in the last match. There are chances of rain before the semi-finals and on the day of the match, which could affect the game.

The teams are as follows:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dubey, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Joffra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brooke, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley and Mark Wood.

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