India, England watch T20 World Cup final against Pakistan


The two top-ranked T20 teams will meet in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup, while Pakistan awaits in the final.

Who: England vs India
November 10, 08:00 GMT
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

This matchup between the two highest ranked T20 teams promises to be a fascinating encounter.

India and England go into the semi-finals on an equal footing. While they have both had notable performances in the tournament thus far, their weakness has been exposed by their opponents.

Oh, and if India wins, Pakistan will be waiting for them in Melbourne for the decider.

head to head
India has won 12 of the 20 T20s against England. This will be their fourth meeting in a T20 World Cup, with England winning just once.

India has inflicted damaging victories over England in this tournament. In 2007 Yuvraj SIngh beat the famous Stuart Broad for six sixes and in the 2012 edition England were bundled for 80. It remains their joint lowest total in T20s and is the joint third lowest score in the history of the T20 World Cup.

That was also the last time the two played against each other at the World Cup.

Route to the final
India started their World Cup with a dramatic win in the last ball over Pakistan.

After easily beating the Netherlands came India’s first defeat of the tournament against South Africa. Despite Suryakumar Yadav’s late blowback, the 133 runs they put on the board were easily chased.

Rain and Litton Das gave India a brief scare in their match against Bangladesh, but in the end they won. Their semi-final spot was sealed for the final group game against Zimbabwe and the 71-point victory that followed was a confidence-inspiring result in the run-up to the England game.

England did not hit their stride in the tournament. While beating Afghanistan in their opening game, they were felled by Ireland in a match marred by the rain.

After their game against Australia rained out, captain Jos Buttler led New Zealand from the front with a remarkable 73 of 47, winning by 20 runs. A win against Sri Lanka in their final group match saw England go through and knock out holders Australia.

Key Matches
A crucial battle in the game will be between England’s batting and India’s bowling.

While both have come out relatively unscathed so far, they are inconclusive. Jasprit Bumrah’s injury was a huge blow to India’s chances. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh have skillfully filled the gap of his absence but have shown signs of being prone to counter-attacks.

Virat Kohli is the current top scorer of the tournament with 246 runs, closely followed by Suryakumar Yadav in third place with 226.

For England, it’s a hitting style that Buttler, and much of the English batting lineup, has made a name for. The England captain has failed miserably this World Cup. However, Buttler, along with Alex Hales on top, set the tone for the rest of the innings as he showed in the game against New Zealand.

Sam Curran was England’s best player in the tournament: 10 wickets at an average of 9.4 and the only player so far in the tournament to take five wickets.

He is expertly supported by pacemaker Mark Wood and spinner Adil Rashid, both of whom have played fine tournaments to date.

Sam Curran is England’s best player in the tournament so far [Patrick Hamilton / AFP]

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