IND vs ENG T20 World Cup 2022: India will face England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup to be held at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. India, being the table topper in Group 2, made their place in the semi-finals with full gusto. England defeated Sri Lanka in the final match to make it to the last four. The current form makes Team India the favorite for this match. Especially the performance of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav has made the Indian team the biggest contender to lift the World Cup trophy. In the semi-finals, England will be the biggest threat from these two Indian batsmen.
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav
Stokes’ special plan for Surya-Virat
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav have scored 3-3 half-centuries in the 5 innings played so far in this World Cup. Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup while Surya is at number three. While Kohli has scored runs at a strike rate of around 140, Surya has played explosive innings at a strike rate of around 200. Obviously, both these Indian batsmen can land the British in the second semi-final to be held on Thursday. But England all-rounder Ben Stokes is hopeful that his bowlers will be able to stop the in-form Suryakumar and Virat.
Suryakumar Yadav batting
Stokes scratches his head watching Surya’s batting
Speaking to the press in Adelaide, Stokes said, “Suriyakumar has really shined in the cricket world. He is a brilliant player and plays some shots that leave you scratching your head. He is in great form right now but hopefully we will be able to stop him and not let him play freely.
Virat Kohli batting
No one else can play like Kohli – Stokes
Regarding Kohli, Stokes said that a player like him cannot be considered to have missed out so easily. The competition between Kohli and Stokes on the field is well known. Stokes said, “If Virat does not play well for a few months after performing well, then he is considered to be out. I don’t know why. I believe he has achieved the right that he can never be considered to have missed.
Stokes said that as far as Kohli is concerned, the figures are a witness to it. He further said, “No one else can match the kind of figures Kohli has scored in all three formats and the number of innings he has played.”
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