Wednesday, November 9, 2022

India take on England at Adelaide Oval in the second semi final of T20 World Cup 2022

Semi Final 2: India vs England at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide: Nov 10, 2022 - Match Preview

India will face a strong English side in a bid to make their 3rd T20 World Cup final since the tournament's inception in 2007 when India emerged eventual winners. Both the teams have had a relatively stress free run to the semis, losing one game apiece during the group stages. The two squared off for a 3 match series earlier this year in England, and although the troops were not all the same, India managed to get a 2-1 victory over hosts England.

Semi Final 2: India vs England at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide: Nov 10, 2022 - Match Preview

Indian batting relies heavily on its top 4 but with Rohit and Rahul both blowing hot and cold the majority of the run making this World Cup has fallen to Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav. The two have literally carried Indian batting with small contributions from their openers at times and India will hope that they continue to find the runs in the big games now. Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik haven't had any meaningful time out in the middle with the bat yet but they'll have to do the talking in the semi final if the top order somehow fails to deliver.

Indian bowling has been looking sharp with young Arshdeep Singh leading the charge and the experienced pros, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, supporting him. Hardik Pandya has done a decent job in the middle overs and Ashwin found some wickets finally in the dead rubber against Zimbabwe. Bhuvi had the number over Buttler in that last series, so that battle will be fascinating to watch.

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales seem to have found decent form with runs against New Zealand and Sri Lanka and will remain the key batters for England as they will hope to provide a bright start. Stokes also finally spent important time in the middle guiding England to victory against Sri Lanka. The injury to Dawid Malan means England can bring in the attacking Phil Salt into the line up while Liam Livingstone will be a key figure in how English handle Ashwin in the middle overs.

England suffered a mini blip with Mark Wood having an injury scare yesterday but he seems to be alright. He's been their pick of the bowlers along with the much improved Sam Curran who seems to have taken his death bowling to a different level. Woakes remains a key figure while Rashid and Livingstone have handled the spin responsibility. Moeen Ali has had previous success against some of the Indian batters so he might be given a few overs too.

Key Battles: India vs England

Mark Wood vs Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh vs Jos Buttler and Alex Hales

R Ashwin vs Liam Livingstone

Adil Rashid vs Suryakumar Yadav

The weather for this game should be fine with a very little chance of rain predicted in Adelaide tomorrow. The used pitch should mean that batters will have their work cut out but the smaller square boundaries might provide them with some respite. It promises to be a fascinating contest between two of the strongest white ball format teams going around currently. India and England, both, will not give an inch and at a packed Adelaide we will get to see a spectacle!

Probable India XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami

Probable England XI

Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Top 5 Fantasy Picks for India v England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Ben Stokes

Sam Curran

Suryakumar Yadav

Jos Buttler

Arshdeep Singh

The match will start at 01.30 PM IST (streamed live on Disney Hotstar app & on TV on Star Sports 1)

Who will join the winner from semi final 1 into the finals? Will India end their long wait to play in the finals or will England prevail after falling at the same stage last year?

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