All-Round England Prepared To Take Down India! - Unified Sports

All-Round England Prepared To Take Down India!

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has reached the business stage of the tournament. In a surprise result, the minnows Netherlands defeated South Africa in Group 2, eliminating them from the race to qualify for the semi-finals. The Group of Death (Group 1) went down to the wire thanks to washouts. But eventually, New Zealand and England sealed the top two spots. It went to D-Day, with defending champions Australia banking on Sri Lanka to beat England. England needed to beat Sri Lanka to pip Australia to the second spot thanks to their positive Net run rate, and they did exactly that.

In this post, you’ll Read about
STRENGTHS
WEAKNESSES
OPPORTUNITIES

India and Pakistan have sealed the two spots in Group 2. What seemed like an India-South Africa top-two finish turned out to be something else. The Proteas choke again in the all-important match against the Netherlands. Thereby, India tops Group 2 and will face England in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. On the other hand, Pakistan will square off against Group 1 topper New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the first semi-final.

England Cricket team

England hasn’t played their best cricket yet, but one cannot undermine the fact that they have been the most dominant force in white ball cricket over the last few hours. However, their record against India is poor in T20Is. The 2010 T20 World Cup winners had a roller coaster ride in the Super 12s. Jos Buttler’s team thrashed Afghanistan after they bundled out the opposition for 112 in their opener in Perth to justify their favorite tag in the tournament. But a five-run shock loss via the DLS method to Ireland and a washout against Australia put them on a sticky situation. The Englishmen roared back to outplay New Zealand, and Ben Stokes’ composed knock of an unbeaten 42 propelled them into the semis in a tense four-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

STRENGTHS-

Sam Curran

To everyone’s surprise, England’s bowling has been far more superior than their batting in this edition of the World Cup. All-rounder Sam Curran has been in great form with the ball. He’s the highest wicket-taker for his side with 10 scalps to his name followed by Mark Wood. Chris Woakes like Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t picked a lot of wickets but he has been economical. Ben Stokes has been a man of crisis for England, he proved that again versus Sri Lanka in the last match of the Super 12. Stokes’ contribution cannot be discounted as he has been picking wickets at crucial junctures. In the spin bowling department, Buttler has a variety of options in Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, and Liam Livingstone. Spin cannot be counted in the strengths of the English side, but in a format like T20, any player can surprise you on a given day.

England player

In Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, and Ben Stokes, the three lions have perhaps the most explosive batting lineup. This batting order on their day can put any bowling attack to shame. Fielding has been a key part of England’s success so far in the tournament. Skipper Buttler has taken some blinders and out-fielding too has been top-notch. There are plenty of multi-utility options for Buttler on the side. Stokes, Curran, Livingstone, or Moeen, anyone can turn the game on its head with the bat or ball.

WEAKNESSES-

England player

In the last year and a half, no other team has struggled to contain the flow of runs in the overs 16-20 as much as England has. England has given a lot of runs at the backend which will be a cause of concern when they take on the best batting team of the Super 12s – India. The absence of someone like Jofra Archer will certainly come back to haunt them during the knockout stage. The player of the match against Sri Lanka- Adil Rashid has shown signs of struggle right from the start of the tournament. He hasn’t bowled his best spell yet in the ongoing World Cup. The wily leg spinner has made a reputation of a wicket-taker in the middle overs and so far he hasn’t lived up to the reputation. Despite having three good spinning options, the spinners have been ineffective. Harry Brook, England’s newest batting sensation has had a forgettable campaign and the same is with other stars like Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone.

OPPORTUNITIES-

England Player after hit

Openers got some important runs in the last game and for England to do well, their top order will have to carry the same momentum in the game against India. Captain Buttler will have the opportunity to better his record against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed him five times in T20Is. If Dawid Malan misses out on selection due to injury then Phil Salt will be the most likely replacement. This will be a golden opportunity for Salt to cement his spot by taking his team to the final. Having played in Adelaide before in the Big Bash League for Adelaide Strikers, Salt knows the ground well and that will certainly help his team. 

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