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India Crush England in Dominant T20 World Cup Semi-Final Display

Axar Patel Celebrating First Wicket of the Night
Preeti Bali / 6:48 am / June 28, 2024

India exorcised the demons of their 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final defeat by thrashing England in a one-sided encounter on Thursday. The win propels them into the final where they will face South Africa.

Spinners Orchestrate England’s Collapse

India thrived on a pitch that favored spin bowling, posting a competitive 171/7 in their 20 overs. Their bowlers then wreaked havoc on England, dismissing them for a paltry 103 in just 16.4 overs, securing a resounding 68-run victory.

Axar Patel Stars with Early Wicket

Player of the Match Axar Patel (3/23) kickstarted the England collapse, removing the dangerous Jos Buttler (23) with a well-judged caught-behind dismissal in the fourth over. England, the defending champions, had begun promisingly with their openers putting up 26 runs in the first three overs, before Axar’s intervention.

England Falter Under Indian Spin Web

Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Phil Salt cheaply (5) with an offcutter, followed by Axar trapping Jonny Bairstow for a duck, leaving England reeling at 35/3 in just 5.1 overs. England desperately needed a partnership to stabilize their innings, but the Indian spinners, led by Axar, stifled their run flow.

Kuldeep Yadav Joins the Party

Axar bagged his third wicket with Moeen Ali’s dismissal (8), before Kuldeep Yadav deceived Sam Curran with a sharp LBW decision, sending him back for 2. Harry Brook threatened briefly with three boundaries, but Kuldeep ended his resistance with a well-directed delivery, leaving England at a precarious 68/6.

India Book Final Berth

A couple of run-outs and a spirited cameo from Jofra Archer (21 off 15) couldn’t prevent India from booking their place in the final. They will now face an unbeaten South Africa on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma Anchors India’s Batting Effort

Captain Leads from the Front on Tricky Pitch

Rohit Sharma played a crucial knock with a composed half-century on a slow and challenging pitch in Guyana. While his opening partner Virat Kohli (9) once again fell cheaply attempting an aggressive shot in the Powerplay, and Rishabh Pant departed soon after, it was Rohit’s (57 off 39) partnership with Suryakumar Yadav (47 off 36) that laid the foundation for India’s strong total.

Adapting to the Conditions

Rain delayed the start of the semi-final by over an hour, followed by another interruption when India were batting at 65/2 after 8 overs. The pitch offered little assistance for batsmen, evident from the first ball itself as deliveries stayed low. Kohli attempted to dominate the early stages before getting dismissed by Reece Topley.

Rohit’s Measured Approach Pays Off

In contrast, Rohit displayed a more cautious approach, adapting better to the conditions. He wasn’t afraid to release pressure with consecutive boundaries off Topley, eventually reaching his fifty with a six. However, a googly from Adil Rashid ended his innings soon after.

Suryakumar and Pandya Contribute

Suryakumar Yadav played a solid knock, falling three runs short of his half-century. Hardik Pandya chipped in with a quickfire 23 off 13 balls, including two sixes, while Ravindra Jadeja, promoted up the order, played a useful cameo of 17* off 9 balls. Axar Patel also provided a late flourish with a six off Chris Jordan in the final over, helping India post a challenging total.

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