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England take on India in the second semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide on November 10. Both the teams are past winners of the tournament. India won the title in 2007 while England in 2010. England made the final again in 2016 and the semis back to back in 2021 and 2022.

India, on the other hand, made a group-stage exit in 2021. They made the semis in 2007, 2014, 2016, and now 2022. They played in two finals in 2007 and 2014.

India topped group 1 with 8 points from four matches as they made it to the semi-finals. They won against Pakistan, Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe losing only to South Africa. England, won against Afghanistan to start their campaign. Then they had a shocking loss to Ireland. Their match against Australia was rained out. Back-to-back wins against New Zealand and Sri Lanka propelled them to the semi-finals.

India vs England, IND vs ENG, Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler
India vs England, IND vs ENG, Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler (Credits: Twitter)

In terms of head to heads, India have won 12 out of the 22 T20I matches played between both sides. In T20 World Cups, India won two games while England one. Both teams will play a T20I encounter at Adelaide Stadium for the first time.

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India

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was hit on his right forearm during practice but has recovered from it. He attended the pre-match presser and spoke about the possibility of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik both playing in the XI. He said the management will take a call on the same before the game and judging by the conditions. Meanwhile, reports in Cricbuzz say that the management is keen on playing Pant in the semis.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik
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Reports also say that India might field an unchanged XI that played against Zimbabwe. This also means that Axar Patel will be persisted within the lineup despite his poor returns with the ball so far. Yuzvendra Chahal might have to continue to warm the bench as R Ashwin will lead the spin attack.

Suryakumar Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Virat Kohli
Suryakumar Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli (246) and Suryakumar Yadav (225) will again be key for India in the batting department. The duo are among the top run-getters in 2022. Kohli has scored 731 runs in 2022 while SKY has scored 1026 runs at an average of 44.60 and a strike rate of 186.54. Kohli’s runs have come at an average of 56.23 and a strike rate of 139.23. KL Rahul after starting the tournament poorly has scored two back-to-back fifties. Overall, he has scored 429 runs this year.  Rohit Sharma has just scored one fifty-plus score with the bat. Though he hs not had a tournament to remember so far, Rohit has scored 629 runs in T20Is this year. He has a chance to add to his tally in the semi-final.

With the ball, Arshdeep Singh has led the charge for India taking 10 wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have accounted for 10 wickets between themselves while Ashwin as written above has taken six wickets. Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer has also taken six wickets. The bowling combination has worked well for India so far and they would like to replicate their form against England.

India Squad

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.

England

Alex Hales and Jos Buttler
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler. Pic Credits: Twitter.

England has their concerns with the top order and the middle order. Both have not yet come to the party as well as they would have liked. Jos Buttler has scored 119 runs in four matches while Alex Hales has scored 125. They have averaged in and around 30 so far in the tournament. They might be without Dawid Malan in the semi-final who coped with a groin injury in the match against Sri Lanka. Phil Salt is expected to replace him in the lineup.

Mark Wood and Jos Buttler
Mark Wood and Jos Buttler (Getty Images)

They have performed better with the ball so far in this tournament. Sam Curran (10 wickets) and Mark Wood (9 wickets ) have been the key wicket-takers. Wood has bowled with his pace up which has disturbed a few top-class batters. However, the England pacer is unlikely to play against India as he complained of stiffness. He is reportedly not 100 percent fit and might be replaced by Chris Jordan who will take his place in the side.

The Indian batters will breathe a sigh of relief if Wood eventually misses out from the big semi-final. The side has so far won matches on individual performances and have to bring their collective game in the semi-final against India.

One expects the match to be defined by how well the Indian batters play Mark Wood. England scraped to victory in the last match against Sri Lanka and won by four wickets. It is expected to be a tight contest with a place in the final on the line.

England Squad

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Jos Buttler (Captain), Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Philip Salt, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tymal Mills.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.