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T20 World Cup Semi-Final: India vs England Preview

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In the penultimate match of this exciting T20 World Cup, India will face England in the second semi-final at the Providence Stadium on Thursday afternoon. This tournament has had it all, and the favorites and defending champions should meet to battle for a spot in the final. We have prepared the best bets for this game.

Location: Providence Stadium

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India’s last win in the T20 World Cup semi-final was in 2014, when they defeated South Africa in Dhaka, with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja still in the squad for that match. Since then, India have lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champions: West Indies in 2016 and England in 2022.
Sharma, fresh from a Player of the Match performance against Australia with 92 runs from 41 balls, is in excellent form. Kohli, despite averaging just 11.00 in this tournament, has a great semi-final record with scores of 77 (2014), 89* (2016) and 50 (2022).

India’s bowling was strong, with Arshdeep Singh (15 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (11), Kuldeep Yadav (seven) and Hardik Pandya (eight) all making significant contributions. Notably, Arshdeep ended David Warner’s international career in the Super Eights.

England, looking to defend their title better than their ODI World Cup bid, have had a resilient campaign after a clean sheet and a loss to Australia. They have recorded victories over Oman, Namibia and the US, but face a bigger challenge against India.

These teams have a rich history and have faced each other 95 times in various formats since 2011. In T20Is, India leads the H2H 11-10, although England have won the last two, including the semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

The run rate in Guyana was 6.20rpo, but full member teams scored at 7.71rpo. With both teams favoring an aggressive batting approach, expect a high-scoring match in this semi-final.

Matches featuring these two cricketing heavyweights rarely disappoint, and if weather is a factor, this should be no different.

However, India have firmly established themselves as the team to beat in this competition and we believe they will be the ones to head to Barbados to face South Africa on Saturday.

Players to watch: Pace bowler from India Jasprit Bumrah brings a tournament economics rate of 4.08rpo to the semi-finals. His ability to be both stingy and pick up wickets is best illustrated by a look at the tournament’s wicket-taker list, which shows all players who have had more than 10 dismissals and conceded between 141-191 runs. That’s except for Bumrah, who has 11/94 and has been exceptional against England in the last three T20I H2Hs, taking 7/44 at a strike rate of 8.1!

English captain Josh Butler enjoyed the last H2H when he hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in Adelaide as part of his 80-not-out to take England through to the 2022 final. Like his counterpart Rohit, Buttler was also in fine form in the last Super Eights match when he smashed 83 not out from 38 balls, including 30 runs from spinner Harmeet Singh.

Prediction: India to win at 1.57.

Key statistics

Reece Topley has taken just one wicket from five appearances in the 2024 T20WC, but has combined figures of 4/56 from his two H2Hs in this format.

Skippers Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler have both scored 191 runs from six innings in the tournament so far.

Arshdeep Singh is taking a wicket less than every ten balls in this campaign.

Axar Patel averages 42.6 with the ball in T20s against England’s top seven in their last match.

The top four T20I bowling performances at this venue came during the 2024 T20WC.

Jofra Archer was England’s best bowler in three of the seven matches in the tournament.

Best bets

Best bets: Virat Kohli to score under 24.5 runs at 1.86.

Value Bet: Kuldeep Yadav becomes India’s best bowler at 4.50.

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