Thursday, November 10, 2022

Key Battles in Semi Final 2: India vs England at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide: Nov 10, 2022

Key Battles in Semi Final 2: India vs England at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide: Nov 10, 2022

Let us look at a few key battles that will decide the outcome of the semi final between India and England in the semi final to be held at the Adelaide Oval. You can read the Match Preview here and the road to the semi finals for these teams here.

Mark Wood vs Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

If Mark Wood starts the game, then his opening burst against the Indian openers would be the key to set the tone for England. For India, Rahul and Rohit would do well to survive this raw pace and take advantage later.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh vs Jos Buttler and Alex Hales

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the wood over Jos Buttler and troubled him greatly in the last series these two sides played in. Add Arshdeep Singh to the mix and the Indian opening bowlers form a lethal and potent opposition for the English openers, both of whom struggle against the moving ball.

Key Battles in Semi Final 2: India vs England at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide

R Ashwin vs Liam Livingstone

Liam Livingstone is one player in that English middle order that can single handedly kill the game in the favour of the English. He is a good player of spin and with short Adelaide boundaries, it will be imperative for India to get him out early. How R Ashwin fares against him, if these two are up against each other, will be a key and a fascinating part of the match.

Adil Rashid vs Suryakumar Yadav

Like Liam Livingstone, Suryakumar Yadav is the man who can turn the tide in India's favour very quickly with his explosive batting. He smashed a stunning 100 just a few months back against England and has looked in sublime form in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Adil Rashid will be tasked with keeping SKY quiet and if possible sneak a googly through his defence!

Sam Curran vs Hardik Pandya

Sam Curran is a man who seems to have reinvented his death bowling. He has been phenomenal for England in the closing overs and Hardik Pandya will be tasked to take him on during the slog overs for India. How Pandya fares against the wily Curran is something that might decide the fate of the match, especially if India bat first.

Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes vs Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is back to his best and the middle overs will be all about how he goes about his business against Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes. Kohli has struggled a bit against leg break bowling on occasions with the google often deceiving him. Like Suryakumar Yadav, how Kohli handles Rashid will go a long way in how India eventually fare in the match. Ben Stokes is a man for the big occasions and he will definitely take on the responsibility of getting Kohli when he comes to the crease. Stokes is known to get regular wickets and his battle with Virat will be intriguing to watch too.

Which battle fascinates you the most? What are you most looking forward to?

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