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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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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, NZ 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. On the other hand, Pakistan will square off against Group 1 topper New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the first semi-final.

Virat kohli  hitting score for Inida

The Men in Blue started the tournament alight at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground when over 90,000 fans witnessed Virat Kohli’s masterclass to overhaul Pakistan’s 159 in the final over. India defeated the Netherlands by 56 runs but lost to South Africa by five wickets in the third game. However, India finished as the topper of Group 2 after defeating Bangladesh by 5 runs in a rain-curtailed match and Zimbabwe by 71 runs in the final game by 71 runs. After winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the team is looking to clinch their second T20 title. In this article, we analyze the Indian team ahead of their big-ticket clash against England at the Adelaide Oval in Semi-Final 2.

Strengths:

SKY inidan team olayer

India is likely to start as marginal favorites, primarily due to their series victory against Jos Buttler and Co. a few months ago in the latter’s backyard. Right from the start of the tournament, the Indian batting unit was expected to turn up and pave the way for the team, and they have lived up to the expectations of everyone and done justice to the hype created around them. The current top scorer of the T20 World Cup 2022, Virat Kohli, has been the most consistent batter in the tournament. He has already scored three fifty-plus points and only gotten out twice in five games. While complimenting Virat’s efforts, Suryakumar has matched India’s number 3 and outclassed everyone in the tournament in terms of producing impactful performances. The dynamic middle-order batter has been in sensational touch over the past few months. He has carried his form into the ongoing tournament and has made the most of his opportunities, scoring 225 runs in five matches at an average of 75 with a blistering strike rate of 193.48. The batting unit has been equally able to set targets and chase them.

Indian bowler

Contrary to what was predicted about the Men in Blue’s pace bowling department in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the fast bowlers have stood up to the occasion, raised the bar for themselves, and used the conditions of Australia in their favor. India’s pace attack looked as lethal and potent as any other top-bowling side in the tournament. In fact, the bowlers have never let the side down in the five matches. While Arshdeep Singh has been the most successful bowler with 10 wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the most economical. Having made his comeback in the T20 World Cup 2022, Mohammed Shami has proven to be a wicket-taker in the middle and death overs for India. Hardik Pandya has complimented the lead pace battery of India well with his right-arm medium-pace bowling.

Weaknesses:

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India’s woes at the top have been a subject of concern for the Men in Blue. Both batsmen have had a rough patch in this tournament from the very beginning. Although KL Rahul scored two back-to-back fifties in the matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Rohit Sharma is still unable to find his form, and that is seriously worrying for Team India. Rohit Sharma, who is known to be destructive at the top, hasn’t been the hit man’ we all know. In the ongoing World Cup, the Indian skipper has hammered one half-century, but the pair haven’t fired in unison at the top. They haven’t really fired anyone yet. In the Super 12s, India had the third-worst strike rate of 95.00 in the powerplay overs; Only behind Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. The Indian openers have failed to stitch together a single fifty-plus score in the tournament till now.

Hardik pandya hit the score

It has been a mixed bag of fortunes for Hardik Pandya across departments this T20 World Cup. While he has picked up eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.46, his batting returns have left much more to be desired. With just 65 runs to his name at an ordinary strike rate of 101.56, Pandya has endured a tough campaign with the bat so far. Spinners have clearly disappointed in this edition of the World Cup, as the bulk of the job has been done by the pacers. Ravichandra Ashwin and Axar Patel have been more defensive than attacking, which can hurt India in the semi-final. India still hasn’t figured out who is going to be their first-choice wicketkeeper against England. Dinesh Karthik has had a poor tournament thus far, while Rishabh Pant has only played one game.

Opportunities:

DK and Rishab pant on indian team

During the entire tournament, India’s fielding couldn’t find the target, even from close range. The fielding standards have been reduced as per their standards. That shortcoming persists. India’s catching, especially in the deep, and Dinesh Karthik’s glovework against spinners have been below par. Against England, India has to raise its standards in the field. If Pant plays, he will have to make the opportunity count, as he has been sidelined for a long time now. Pandya will have to make a mark as a batter if India wants to reach the semi-final. The all-rounder bats at the crucial position of number 5 and he would be hoping to dictate terms with the bat.

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After a grueling 27-day period, four teams out of sixteen managed to book their place in the semi-finals of the silverware event.

The Super 12s stage brought out some of the best performances from top international cricketers as they set the stadiums in Down Under on fire.

The group stages of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia have concluded, with four teams, New Zealand, England, India, and Pakistan, advancing to the semi-finals which are scheduled on November 9 and 10.

During the round matches, cricket fans witnessed plenty of excitement, and even on the last day of the group stages, the Netherlands’ shock win over South Africa helped Pakistan reach the semi-finals. Now, Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the first semi-final on Wednesday at Sydney Cricket Ground while India and England will come face-to-face in the second semi-final on Thursday at Adelaide Oval.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities

The 2009 champions had a heartbreaking start to their campaign when they lost a last-ball thriller to arch-rivals India, then suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe. When it seemed like this was the end of Pakistan’s World Cup dream. The team fought back well by winning three games on the bounce. They looked dead and buried, and victory over the Netherlands was hardly impressive as they lost four wickets in their modest chase of 92.

But Pakistan conjured up a dominant performance to hammer South Africa and Bangladesh to reach the semi-final, with the Dutch doing them a favour by stunning South Africa.

Strengths:

One minute down next minute up is the phrase associated with Pakistan and rightly so. They have been deemed one of the most mercurial sides in world cricket because of their unpredictability. When they were expected to go down against South Africa, they somehow managed to thump the Proteas even after losing wickets in clusters. Pakistan has been home to some world-class bowlers, who have made their presence felt in the international circuit time and time again.

Pakistan player cheering there winning

Sticking to tradition their bowling attack wears a very indomitable style. In Super-12s, it was no different. The bowlers were very hard to put away and their economic rates in the tournament were a testament to the same. The likes of Haris Rauf, Naseem, and Shadab Khan performed well from the beginning. Pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi’s last two match-winning contributions have only added to Pakistan’s strength. If anything, their pace battery has only strengthened as they now have Mohammad Wasim Jr in their ranks. In his first game, the right-arm seamer picked 4 wickets. Vice-captain Shadab has been brilliant with the bat and ball. While he’s the leading wicket-taker for his team in the tournament, he has also made valiant contributions with the bat.

Pakistan player highing his bat

Before the T20 World Cup, the blame was on the middle-order batters. They needed to provide more support to the opening pair of skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. But now no one can point them out as the middle-order batters were not stepping up but the tables have now turned entirely since they landed in Australia. Middle-order batters Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood are the leading run scorers for their team. Shadab has stepped up when the team needed him the most against South Africa. All in all, to everyone’s surprise, Pakistan’s middle order has fared well.

Weaknesses:

Babar azam hititng shot

Unlike Pakistan’s bowling, their batting has been a cause of concern for the Men in Green. Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam is struggling big time at the top and has only one double-figure score. He is currently seeing a rough patch in his form as he has managed only 39 runs off 63 balls in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far. The premier batter has failed to score runs and provide good starts to the Pakistani innings. Last World Cup’s highest run scorer, Babar has been one of the pillars of Pakistan’s success in T20I cricket but he has failed miserably in this edition. He has batted at an average of 7.8 in this competition. His batting partner Rizwan, on the other hand, scored 103 runs in the mega event, but that is considered by many to be below par compared to the lofty standards set by him over the past few years. Both openers have been the weakest link in the ongoing World Cup.

Pakistan

Another thing is Pakistan has often copped severe criticism for their conservative batting methodology and the reason behind it is the presence of too many anchors on the team sheet. Babar, Rizwan, and Masood are all world-class batters, but they cannot play at a set tempo in a format like T20. The lack of power hitters at the back end has been a cause of concern for them. Last year it was Asif Ali, who stood for them but this time he’s struggling to even get a place in the playing XI. Pakistan’s habit of losing wickets in clusters can hurt them in a big semi-final clash against New Zealand.

Opportunities:

Pakistan player

Since taking over as captain of the team, Babar has an envious win percentage of over 60.00. His cabinet has plenty of bilateral trophies but an ICC multi-nation title is what eludes him. He will be looking to add his maiden global title to his bag. The upcoming match against New Zealand will provide an ideal opportunity for the out-of-form opening pair of Babar and Rizwan to rediscover their form with the bat. It also presents an opportunity for the in-form batters like Iftikhar, and Masood to continue on their merry way. Youngster Mohammad Haris rang the alarm bells with his aggressive intent since his inception in the side and this could be his time to rise to the occasion. Babar’s team could not have asked to play the semi-final at a better venue than the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as the conditions are likely to suit their gameplay

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Ireland scripted history by registering one of the most famous wins over England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a Super 12 fixture of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday, October 28.

Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie contributed with a knock of 62 runs from 47 balls, while the bowling unit dismissed the opposition batters at regular intervals. England’s skipper, Jos Buttler won the toss and put Ireland in to bat first. Veteran opener Paul Stirling was dismissed earlier in the innings, but Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker forged a crucial partnership for the second wicket to lead the team’s comeback.

In this post, you’ll Read about 3 Heroes of Ireland
Andrew Balbirnie
Joshua Little
Lorcan Tucker

The duo took the team from 21/1 to 103/2. Despite getting off to a good start, the Irish batters couldn’t cash in on the opportunity to score big at the end. They suffered a late collapse, forcing them to be bowled out for 157 in 19.2 overs. Joshua Little led the bowling attack with the wickets of English openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales. England couldn’t quite recover from the early blows, and when the rain came,

they were found to be 5 runs short of the DLS par score. Eventually, the game was called off, handing Ireland one of their most memorable wins. It was another cliffhanger in this edition of the T20 World Cup. Ireland, with their resilience and a bit of help from the rain gods, pulled off a miraculous win over their neighbors. In this article, we focus on the three heroes of Ireland’s spectacular win over England.

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Andrew Balbirnie

The captain of the Irish team led the team from the front. Despite losing his opening partner early on, Balbirnie kept attacking the opposition bowlers. It seemed like he had a plan on how to tackle the express pace of Mark Wood, the swing of Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes. He was smart enough to pierce the gap and score boundaries. The best part about his innings was his composure. He never looked out of sorts and stitched together an all-important partnership with Lorcan Tucker. The right-handed opener was dismissed in the 16th over.


His innings of 62 runs off 47 balls won him the Player of the Match award. Balbirnie has been the leading scorer for his team in T20Is this year. He has made 581 runs in 25 matches at an average of 24.2, and a strike rate of 130.56.

Joshua Little

If not Balbirnie then Little would’ve earned the player of the match award. The left-arm seamer has been the best performer for his nation with the ball this year. He has taken 34 wickets in 24 T20I innings in 2022 at an average of 20.44, an economy of 7.77, and a strike rate of 15.7. The Irish cricketer bagged two wickets for just 16 runs in three overs in the historic game against England

He first removed England’s best and most dangerous T20I batter Jos Buttler and later he earned the wicket of Alex Hales, who has the best record among all the Englishmen in Australia. It was Little’s spell with the new ball that really put England on the backfoot in a tricky run-chase. Little changed the course of the game and turned the tides in his team’s favor.

Lorcan Tucker

It was captain Andrew Balbirnie’s innings that hogged the spotlight, and his innings overshadowed the contribution of Ireland’s second top-scorer. The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman made an important 34 runs off 27 deliveries, which helped Ireland post a fighting total of 157 runs on the board. Batting at a crucial number 3, Tucker played his part with the bat as well as with gloves in his hands.

Although playing second fiddle, he still shared an 82-run stand with his captain, Balbirnie, dishing out punishment to the English bowlers. They were going strong and might have guided the team to a huge total, but a stroke of luck broke their stand. Tucker was unfortunate to be involved in one of the unluckiest of dismissals. Balbirnie was facing the delivery, and he pushed the ball bowled full straight to the bowler.

Adil Rashid tried to stop the delivery, but it went past him before touching his fingers. Tucker had already taken a start at the non-striker’s end, backing his instinct, but was found to be short of his ground.

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IND vs PAK

Ind Vs Pak have enjoyed a storied rivalry in international cricket, with the best of the games between the two teams coming in the shortest version of the game. Whenever these two teams take center stage, nothing gets bigger than the game between the two nations. The thrilling games between the two arch-rivals have raised the stakes of the high-profile battle in Melbourne this year in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

The Asian Giants are all set to add a new page to their old book of rivalries when the two teams meet at the MCG on October 23. It all started in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup when a young Indian team led by charismatic leader MS Dhoni thumped Pakistan in a nail-biting affair to clinch the first-ever World T20 title.

In the T20 World Cups that have taken place over the years, India has won every game except the first-ever encounter that was decided by a bowl out after the game was tied and the most recent match of the T20 World Cup 2021.

The last time Ind Vs PAK faced each other in Dubai was during the T20 WC 2021, when Pakistan had outplayed India out of the contest by defeating them by a big margin of 10 wickets. Expectations are high from both sides to perform well in the high-pressure match, but this time it is expected to be an even contest between the two sides. A thorough entertainer is expected on the cards.

MCG Overview:

The pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is traditionally a batting-friendly surface. Batters enjoy batting in this particular venue as they can trust the true bounce and pace of the wicket and accordingly can play their strokes. The venue so far has seen a total of 15 T20I encounters. In these games, nine matches have been won by the teams batting second. Despite being a batting-friendly venue, teams have struggled to score big totals here, especially 200+ totals. MCG is one of the biggest grounds in the world and that’s why the boundary percentage of this ground is the lowest (49.3%) in comparison with other venues in Australia. However, surprisingly MCG has the highest run rate (8.30). Batters will have to run hard to accumulate runs for their team. The average score batting first at the MCG is 141 and the highest score by a team is 184/3 which India achieved in 2016. While David Warner‘s 89 against South Africa in 2009 is the top batting display, results in the venue do not depend largely on the coin toss.

India

IND Vs PAK

Yet again, India will rely heavily on their batting heading into an ICC tournament. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the most experienced batters at the international level in T20 cricket.
In recent times, India has been the most dominant team with a strong list of players in its inventory. The batters have taken the team to many wins in recent matches. Players like Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli are in brilliant form. MCG has been a happy hunting ground for the Indian batters, their first 50-over World Cup win over South Africa came at this very venue. Skipper Rohit Sharma blasted a match-winning hundred at the same venue in 2015. Suryakumar Yadav- India’s best T20I batter this year has been in sublime form with the bat. The No.4 slot in the Indian team has been a revolving door, but the stylish right-handed batter appears to have cemented his position there at long last. A blistering strike rate of 177 with an average of touching 39 in 34 matches sets Suryakumar up for a stellar World Cup.
Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik have been doing exactly what they have been assigned. India’s change in approach to play an aggressive brand of cricket with the focus being on prioritizing the strike rate over the batting average has helped them to produce results in their favour.
Team India’s batters will love the conditions at the MCG, as all the batters including the ones who will be on the bench know exactly how to play on bouncy tracks. Running between the wickets will be crucial and it will play to India’s advantage. The current Indian batting line-up is an ideal foil to the MCG conditions.

Pakistan

IND vs PAK

Probably, Pakistan has the most established opening pair in skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan but after them, the batting looks fragile and completely out of sorts. Pakistan’s overdependence on their opening pair has not been hidden from anyone, especially in T20I cricket. Their middle order has been fragile for a long time now, inviting criticism from former cricketers around the globe. But still, the team looked to favour dependence on top-order and bowlers rather than bringing in change in the middle. In a non-ideal scenario where either Babar or Rizwan fails to fire, there aren’t many options in the middle order to take up the responsibility.
Spinning all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz peeled out timely cameos to gloss over the middle-order cracks. While other teams have fixed their combinations right, Pakistan is still struggling to fill in the voids in the batting order. Fakhar Zaman or Shan Masood, who will bat at number 3 is still an unsolved problem. The number 4 position has been vacant for a long time and a number of players have been tried but no one stood up like Surya did for India. Leave alone the openers and you will find other batters struggling to play the short ball. Bounce is going to be a factor at the MCG on the match day and Pakistan batters might struggle to ride the bounce. When England visited Pakistan, Mark Wood with his express pace used the short ball ploy against the Pakistani batters and it worked out well. The Men in Green have loopholes in their batting lineup and this may well cause them the game.

Conclusion

Pakistan’s over-reliance on Babar and Rizwan is going to hurt them badly and the fact that the other batters struggle against the short ball it’s going to require individual brilliance from someone to help the team’s cause. India on the other hand will be much more confident heading into the game with some quality batters in their ranks. Unlike the Pakistani players, Indian batters are good against the short ball. We expect the Indian batters to outscore their counterparts let’s see what happens in IND Vs PAK.

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