T20 World Cup: England wins toss, puts India first in heavyweight semi-final

Providence (Guyana), June 27: Defending champions England won the toss and opted to field first against undefeated Rohit Sharma-led Team India in the heavyweight semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at the Providence Stadium on Thursday.

If rain completely rules out the match, India, after topping the Super Eights group, would progress to the final, while England’s chance to defend their crown would end on a bitter note.

In what turns out to be a rematch of the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final between the two cricket giants, India will look to turn their fortunes around this time. In 2022, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales chipped away at India’s bowling attack with their sheer power and ever-dependent strokeplay.

During the toss, England captain Jos Buttler said: “We’re going to bowl first. It looks like a good surface and the bounce will be low. With the rain around we thought it would be a bit of an advantage to bowl first. We are playing against a great team, but we are performing well and we are playing against the same team today. I am looking forward to a great challenge against a top team we have been here before.”

Rohit said, “We would have batted first, the weather looks good, whatever had to happen has already happened. We wanted to put runs on the board. The pitch tends to get slower as the game progresses. We understand the challenge of playing a tournament like this, a lot of traveling and logistics. It’s an opportunity to play good cricket. We don’t want to think too far ahead, stay in the moment and let your game speak for us.”

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

India (playing

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