In the 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final at Providence Stadium, Guyana, England’s Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to bowl first. Intermittent rain in Georgetown delayed the start by nearly 90 minutes.

Virat Kohli continued his poor form, scoring just nine runs in the third over. India ended the powerplay at 46/2, having lost Rishabh Pant as well. Rain interrupted play after eight overs with India at 65/2. After a sluggish restart, Rohit Sharma scored a half-century but fell to Adil Rashid in the 14th over. Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 47 off 36 balls, was dismissed by Jofra Archer in the 16th over. Contributions from Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel pushed India past 170, with 160 typically being the par score at this venue. Rohit was crucial as India posted 171/7 in their 20 overs.

Defending a total of 171, India struck early with Axar Patel dismissing Jos Buttler in the fourth over. Axar continued his dominance, claiming wickets in his next two overs, including Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. Jasprit Bumrah added to the pressure by removing Phil Salt in the fifth over. England crumbled, losing five wickets before reaching 50 runs.

Kuldeep Yadav then joined the attack, dismissing Sam Curran in the ninth over. Axar’s early breakthroughs set the tone, while Yadav capitalized on the platform to rip through England’s middle order. Two crucial run-outs further pushed England to the brink, and Bumrah sealed the win by dismissing Jofra Archer.

India won by 68 runs and will face South Africa in the final on Saturday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Last Updated on June 27, 2024

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