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3 Key Player battles to watch out for in IND vs ENG Semi-Final 2 Clash


IND vs ENG: It is time for the start of the knockout stage of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The first semifinal will be played between South Africa and Afghanistan on June 26, while the second semifinal will take place between India and England. This match will take place at Providence Stadium, Guyana. This will be the rematch of the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinal at Adelaide.

England thrashed India by ten wickets and went on to win the tournament. So will England repeat it here, or will India take revenge and beat the defending champions? Well, only time will tell, but one thing is sure: it will be a great battle between two powerhouses. Both teams have a number of stars, and there will be some key player battles in this IND vs ENG semi-final.

3 Key Battles to Watch Out for in IND vs ENG Semi-Final 2 Clash

1. Rohit Sharma vs Reece Topley

The Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, turned his beast mode on in the game against Australia and smashed a 19-ball fifty. He took every Australian bowler apart and was unstoppable. He was the difference between the two teams in the last game. Now, he will be looking to do something similar in the IND vs ENG semifinal. Rohit will have in mind how England beat India last time by ten wickets, so he will be looking to take them on. However, Reece Topley can be challenging for him. Rohit has a slight weakness against left-arm bowlers, and in this tournament, he has gotten out four times to left-armers. Topley has also dismissed Rohit two times in international cricket.

2. Jos Buttler vs Jasprit Bumrah

3 Key Battles to Watch Out for in IND vs ENG Semi Final 2 Clash
IND vs ENG: Jasprit Bumrah vs Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler will look to lead England to the final, and for that, they have to win against India. So the English captain will hold a key in the batting order. He has played against Indian bowlers a lot and knows what they can plan. Meanwhile, Buttler’s wicket can put a psychological pressure on England. That’s where Jasprit Bumrah will be important in the IND vs ENG clash. The ace pacer is in the best of form and is picking up crucial wickets. He is the one who dismissed Travis Head in the last game. Bumrah has dismissed Buttler four times in T20s and three times in Tests.

3. Suryakumar Yadav vs Chris Jordan

With Virat Kohli not performing as expected, the role of Suryakumar Yadav becomes crucial in the IND vs ENG clash. He has done a pretty decent job for India in this tournament and has two half-centuries to his name. SKY is one of those batters who will hit boundaries regularly, and that can put England under a lot of pressure. That’s where England might bring in their T20I specialist against him. Chris Jordan took a hat-trick in the last game and has been a consistent performer for England in this format. He has also dismissed SKY twice in T20Is, but Surykumar Yadav has scored 61 runs off 33 balls against him.

Also Read: 3 Key Player battles to watch out for in SA vs AFG Semi-Final 1 Clash

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