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T20 World Cup 2024: Semi-final 2 (India vs England) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Jun 27, 2024 10:55 am
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The 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final promises to be a firecracker as India and England, two cricketing giants, lock horns at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. India, riding a winning streak, will be determined to claim their first ICC title since 2013, while England, the defending champions, will be looking to repeat their 2022 semi-final victory over the Men in Blue.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler 

While India holds the momentum, England’s fighting spirit shouldn’t be underestimated. They’ve clawed their way back from a near group-stage exit and boast the psychological edge of their 2022 triumph. India’s well-rounded attack, featuring Bumrah and the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal, will be tested by England’s aggressive openers. The team that executes their bowling plans more effectively will gain a significant advantage.

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This semi-final promises to be a thrilling spectacle. The cricketing world waits with bated breath to witness this epic clash of titans. Here are three key battles that could sway the outcome of this high-stakes encounter:

#1 Hardik Pandya vs Chris Jordan

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

With Rohit Sharma’s explosive knock against Australia negating the need for Hardik Pandya’s late-innings heroics, the stage might be set for another explosive display from the Indian all-rounder. This scenario could pit Pandya against England’s death-overs specialist, Chris Jordan. Historically, Jordan hasn’t fared well against Pandya, who has taken him to the cleaners on numerous occasions.

In their limited T20I meetings, Pandya has scored freely against Jordan, while IPL data reveals Jordan conceding over 100 runs to Pandya in just 54 deliveries. While Jordan has managed to dismiss Pandya thrice, the sheer dominance reflected in the strike rate of nearly 200 could give Pandya a significant mental edge.

#2 Rohit Sharma vs Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer

India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, recently silenced doubts about his vulnerability against left-arm pacers by dismantling Australia’s Mitchell Starc. However, he might face a tougher challenge in England’s Jofra Archer. Their past encounters in T20 internationals favor Archer, who has consistently kept Sharma’s scoring rate in check. Additionally, Archer has dismissed Sharma once in a previous encounter, adding another layer of pressure to the Indian captain’s innings.

#3 Jos Buttler vs Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

Jos Buttler has been England’s beacon of hope in this tournament. After a sluggish start, his blazing 38-ball 83 against the USA served as a timely reminder of his destructive potential. Currently the leading run-scorer for England, Buttler will have his work cut out against Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead. Their past encounters heavily favor Bumrah. He has dismissed Buttler twice in T20I matches, conceding only 3 runs in 10 deliveries. Even in the IPL, Buttler’s struggles against Bumrah’s pace are evident, reflected in his strike rate below 100.