England have injury concerns around Wood and Malan
- India topped their group with four wins out of five matches
- India have defeated England in four of the last five T20I encounters
The second semi-final of the men’s T20 World Cup will witness India and England going head to head at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. India topped the Group 2 with eight points, having won four out five matches. They defeated Pakistan, Netherlands, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to reach the knockouts. India have odds of 1.79 to win the mega clash.
Noteworthy, England found themselves in a critical position after a shock defeat to Ireland and a washout versus Australia. But then they defeated New Zealand and Sri Lanka by good enough margins to secure a semifinals berth on net run-rate. Hence, England have slightly higher odds of winning this game: 2.00.
How’s the Pitch?
Adelaide Oval is one of the better batting surfaces with short square boundaries. However, the pitches used in the last couple of group fixtures were on the slower side. The weather is expected to be clear on Thursday evening and we should get an uninterrupted game.
Our pick: India have edged England in the shorter format in recent years and have the resources to tackle England’s strengths. Back India to win the match at 1.79!
England are vulnerable against new ball movement and spin. Jos Buttler, England’s best player, has had an awful record versus India. Their bowling attack has done a pretty good job in the tournament but will be tested against India. The men in blue have an in-form batting duo of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav while KL Rahul also came into his own in the latter part of the group stage. The bowling unit has done an outstanding job in the competition.
Keep an eye on...
Kohli loves playing at Adelaide Oval and he has been in magnificent touch. The Indian batter has piled on 246 runs in the tournament, averaging 123 and striking at 139. Kohli has smashed three unbeaten fifties in five innings.
Sam Curran has established himself as the go-to death overs bowler for England in recent times. He has picked 10 wickets in four games in the tournament, at an excellent economy of 6.40 while bowling crucial overs.