T20 World Cup | India-England semifinal may be marred by rain

The stage is set for the India vs England T20 World Cup semifinal clash at the Adelaide Oval but rain could spoil it.

The stage is set for the India vs England T20 World Cup semifinal clash at the Adelaide Oval but rain could spoil it.

Rain may make an unwanted appearance in the marquee ICC T20 World Cup second semifinal clash between India and England, on Thursday in Adelaide.

Cricket fans are looking forward to this clash with high hopes following India’s recent form in the T20 World Cup, where they lost just one match and finished as table toppers but rain could play spoilsport . Currently, there is a 20% chance of rain and the weather will remain cloudy.

“Partly cloudy. A slight (20%) chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms this morning. West to northwest wind 15 to 20 km/h becoming southwest 15 to 25 km/h h in the late afternoon,” said Sunday’s forecast according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

The stage is set

India finished their Group Stage at the top of their group table, winning four of their five Super 12 matches. The loss to South Africa was the only blip in the consistent performance of the Men in Blue in the group stage.

Indian batters were solid for the most part. Suryakumar Yadav (225 runs in five matches with three fifties), and Virat Kohli (246 runs in five matches with three fifties) carried the line-up.

KL Rahul has been in form, scoring two back-to-back fifties in his last two matches, taking his run tally to 123 runs in five. Rohit Sharma has been largely inconsistent and has come off his willow with just 89 runs in five matches, with his best being 53 against the Netherlands. These two need to be at the top of their game to reduce the pressure on the middle order.

All of India’s frontline pacers, Bhuvneswar Kumar (4 wickets), Mohammad Shami (6 wickets) and Arshdeep Singh (10 wickets) have been impressive so far. Veteran spin Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (six and eight wickets respectively) delivered the ball well, though Pandya did not find much success with the bat, other than his knock of 40 against Pakistan

.Axar Patel is the Men in Blue’s only bowling concern, with his economy rate of over nine. It will be interesting if Yuzvendra Chahal gets a chance in the high-stakes semifinal.

England had a see-saw journey in the Super 12. After a win against Afghanistan, their chances of qualification faded after losing to Ireland and the match against Australia was abandoned.

But strong displays against New Zealand and Sri Lanka have brought them back into the competition and they are now set to take on India.

England’s deep batting line-up, which extends to number 10, is their strength. Their lineup has some power hitters like Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Harry Brook who can hit the bowlers from ball one. They can be deadly in Adelaide, where batting-friendly conditions prevail and the boundaries are short.

England’s bowling unit has stepped up considerably, despite not being rated highly to begin with. Sam Curran is England’s leading wicket-taker with 10, while Mark Wood has nine. Ben Stokes also proved useful, taking five scalps at an economy rate of 5.90 per over.

However, they have some concerns, be it the fitness of left-hander Dawid Malan or pacer Wood or the performance of Chris Woakes, who have been expensive throughout the tournament. Spinners are also disappointing. Although Adil Rashid has been stingy while bowling, he has taken just one wicket in four matches.

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