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IND vs ENG Semifinal Match Highlights in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024:

IND vs ENG Semifinal Match Highlights in ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024:

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Led by their resilient brand of cricket, team India has spectacularly entered the T20 World Cup final after convincingly beating England in the semi-final contest. This victory is also, in a manner, sweet revenge for Team India as England defeated India in the semis of the 2022 T20 World Cup without losing a wicket and went on to the final. Today, India took their revenge by winning it with a huge margin of runs – 68 runs. This is also the third time when India has reached the final of the T20 World Cup. On Saturday, India will play the final match against South Africa in Barbados.

In the semifinal match, played in Guyana, the India England match got off to a late start due to rain. Losing the toss, Team India got put into bat first. The game was again interrupted by rain after 8 overs, when India was in a strong position at 65 for 2 wickets. When rain stopped, India finished their innings at 171 for 7 in the stipulated 20 overs. Chasing a target of 172, England was bowled out for 103 runs in 16.4 overs, losing the match by 68 runs.

England’s chase started with an early setback. By then, Arshdeep and Bumrah had gone without a wicket for 3 overs while they were on 26 runs. Strategically, Rohit Sharma introduced Axar Patel during the powerplay. Patel struck on the very first ball as he cleaned up the dangerous opener Jos Buttler for 23. This opened the floodgates of the England batting innings. In the next over, Bumrah cleaned up another dangerous opener, Phil Salt for 5, and all of a sudden, the Indian camp was in a delightful mood. Axar Patel then cleaned up Jonny Bairstow on the first ball of his second over, and in his third, sent back Moeen Ali for 8. England’s top order crumbled—46 for 4 in 7.1 overs.

Axar Patel slotted in three successive overs for three important wickets that channelized pressure on England. Harry Brook did fight briefly for 25 but was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav. On the following over, Sam Curran got out LBW off Kuldeep Yadav with the addition of only 2. He then cleaned up Chris Jordan for 1 in his third over, as England collapsed their middle order.

The two spinners, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav, ultimately proved to be decisive in India’s favor. The fielding was great, with the team getting two run-outs: that of Adil Rashid for 2 due to Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant direct hit and Liam Livingstone for 11, again through Kuldeep Yadav. Jasprit Bumrah finally trapped Jofra Archer with an LBW for 21 and closed England’s innings at 104 in 16.4 overs for a comfortable victory by 68 runs that pushed England out of the tournament.In India’s bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel each returned figures of 3-for, while Bumrah scalped 2. Earlier, while batting, Team India did not have an ideal start. Virat Kohli, expected to perform in the semifinal, has been bowled for 9 runs. His bad form continued with this match as well. He was going well; hitting vigorously from the beginning as rain was expected anytime, he got out in that process. Pant also did not last long for 4 runs.

But captain Rohit Sharma stood firm, amidst the surrender of wickets. Continuing from his form against Australia, he played an excellent innings, scoring 57 runs off 39 balls with 2 sixes and 6 fours. To stand by, the captain, Suryakumar Yadav, also batted beautifully he scored 47 runs off 36 balls with 2 sixes and 4 fours.

Later, all-rounder Hardik Pandya added 2 sixes, increasing the score further to 23 runs off 13 balls. Then, Ravindra Jadeja contributed 17 not out off 9 balls. Shivam Dube was out for a golden; however, Axar Patel played an important role at 10, hitting a six in the last over, taking the score past 170, to finish their innings at 171 for 7 in 20 overs.

For England, Chris Jordan took 3 wickets as Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Reece Topley fetched 1 each.The terrific performances by Team India have been really outstanding, which got the team through to the finals and made the entire nation rejoice.

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