India’s Comprehensive Victory Over England in T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final

India’s quest to win the T20 World Cup again, which they last did eleven years ago, is still on course as they soundly trounced England in the semi-final played in Providence, Guyana.

Two outstanding batting performances and a brilliant spinners’ display drove the victory. On a challenging pitch, India’s batsmen amassed a higher-than-average total, and their bowlers ripped through England in Providence.

India’s Comprehensive Victory Over England in T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final
When the bails fell, Rohit Sharma was ecstatic. Photo Credit: Associated Press

England 103 (Brook 25, Kuldeep 3-19, Axar 3-23) lost to India 171 for 7 (Rohit 57, Suryakumar 47, Jordan 3-37) by 68 runs.

India is on a good path to win a global championship. They haven’t occupied the podium as champions for eleven years. Now, only a few hours and a fierce South African team stand between them and glory.

At the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final, Rohit Sharma and his team destroyed the reigning champions England, bowling them out for a meager 103 after first batting them around to make 171 at Providence, Guyana. The mismatch from 2022 Adelaide was reversed.

Runs square and behind the wicket are precious on a pitch such as the one in Guyana, where the bounce was low and the speed was slow. The reason for this is because the hitter cannot force the pace if the bowling unit is disciplined enough to hit a solid length and keep the stumps in play. England attempted to shut out half of India’s outfield, but they were not always successful: 69 runs at a strike rate of 192 came from unauthorised places, including eight fours and three sixes.

During the powerplay, Rohit scored goals with shots that he had no control over at a strike rate of 133. In T20Is, his career strike rate is 141, to put things in perspective. India has been looking for a difference like this. Don’t wait for the terrible ball to come up to bat. Bat as though every ball is a nasty one.

In the end, Rohit found a place. He had control over 20 of the 26 balls since the fourth over, and he made excellent use of that control to score 40 runs, including two sixes and four fours. He understands that there’s no point in being afraid of risk because it’s a part of T20 cricket.

The way that India’s batsmen maneuvered within the crease demonstrated their intentions. It was a triumph for even a bowler of Adil Rashid’s caliber to struggle in these conditions, since all bowlers needed to do was hit a length to aim for the top of the stumps. The wristspinner from England was 2-0-17-0. However, he bounced back.

On the other side of the second rain break, which accounted for 153 minutes of play during the match, Rashid chose to retain a line on off stump rather than worry about Rohit and Suryakumar’s location. As payment, he got the captain of India out for 57 off 39. In his last two overs, Rashid only managed eight runs.

India held Shivam Dube back, thinking the quicks would take control, after Rashid was out of the game by the fourteenth over. Thus, Buttler saw well to insist that Liam Livingstone report for duty, having complete faith in his right arm even in the final moments. The part-time worker ended up with a 4-0-24-0 finish. It was an omen. If he was proving to be unbeatable, then so would be Axar, Kuldeep, and Ravindra Jadeja.

Along with Hardik Pandya, India’s spin-bowling all-rounders contributed to their team’s 171 total by hitting three sixes and two fours off of Jordan and Archer’s final two overs.

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India’s Comprehensive Victory Over England in T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final
Chris Jordan gone, and that's Kuldeep Yadav's third. Photo Credit: ICC/Getty Images

Guyana is conducive to spin. As soon as the schedule was released, it was implied that India would play in the semi-final. They included spinners in their squad. Out of them, three made it into the XI. They alternated in bowling jaffas.

What changed things was Axar. He replaced Arshdeep Singh with his first ball after the latter had been thrashed by Jos Buttler for three fours in an over. The captain of England went down to reverse-sweep the left-arm spinner because, honestly, it was impossible to sit in these conditions and play straight-batting. When Rohit took that risk previously, he discovered the limit. Buttler discovered only Pant’s toe end.

Axar lost a wicket off the opening ball in each of their first three overs. Once again, Jonny Bairstow opted to stay leg side and was bowled, and Moeen Ali’s England career ended with him possibly not knowing where the ball had gone until he saw it was in Pant’s hand as he smashed the stumps.

When Kuldeep got involved, he tricked Sam Curran and then outwitted Harry Brook, leaving England at 49 for 4. After the 2019 ODI World Cup, England was the team that knocked him out so badly that he disappeared into the white-ball wilderness. Here, he faced an approaching batter and unusual shots as well, but he remained composed.

When Kuldeep noticed that Brook was descending to reverse-sweep, he changed the line to leg stump and left him entangled. The ball also avoided the batswing and crashed into the stumps behind because to its flatter trajectory and faster tempo.

Livingstone, the final recognized batter for England, was run out following a mix-up with the lower order, which served as another evidence of their imminent demise. Six of the previous winners scored in the single digits, and none of them scored more than twenty-five, therefore they relinquished their title.

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