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T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final: India vs England Best Bets

The penultimate match of this thrilling T20 World Cup will see India face England at Providence Stadium in the second semi-final on Thursday afternoon.


The penultimate match of this thrilling T20 World Cup will see India face England at Providence Stadium in the second semi-final on Thursday afternoon. This tournament has had it all, and the favourites and defending champions should meet to vie for a spot in the final. We’ve prepared the best bets to take for this game.

Venue: Providence Stadium

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India’s last T20 World Cup semi-final win was in 2014 when they defeated South Africa in Dhaka, with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja still in the squad from that match. Since then, India has lost in the semis to the eventual champions: West Indies in 2016 and England in 2022.
Sharma, fresh off a Player of the Match performance against Australia with 92 runs from 41 balls, is in great form. Kohli, despite averaging only 11.00 in this tournament, has a stellar semi-final record with scores of 77 (2014), 89* (2016), and 50 (2022).

India’s bowling has been strong, with Arshdeep Singh (15 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (11), Kuldeep Yadav (seven), and Hardik Pandya (eight) all making significant contributions. Arshdeep notably ended David Warner’s international career in the Super Eights.

England, aiming to defend their title better than their ODI World Cup attempt, have had a resilient campaign after a no-result and a loss to Australia. They’ve secured wins over Oman, Namibia, and the USA, but face a greater challenge against India.

These teams have a rich history, having faced off 95 times across formats since 2011. In T20Is, India leads the H2H 11-10, though England won the last two, including the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final.

The run rate in Guyana has been 6.20rpo, but full-member teams have scored at 7.71rpo. With both teams favouring an aggressive batting approach, expect a high-scoring clash in this semi-final.

Matches featuring these two cricket heavyweights seldom disappoint, and provided the weather plays its part, this should be no different.

However, India have firmly established themselves as the team to beat in this competition and we feel they will be the ones heading to Barbados to face South Africa on Saturday.

Players to Watch: India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah brings a tournament economy rate of 4.08rpo to the semi-final. His skill of being miserly as well as picking up wickets is best illustrated by a look at the tournament wicket takers’ list which shows all the players who have 10+ dismissals conceding between 141-191 runs. That is except for Bumrah who has 11/94 and has been exceptional against England in the last three T20I H2Hs, taking 7/44 with a strike-rate of 8.1!

England captain Jos Buttler enjoyed the last H2H when he struck 9x fours and 3x sixes in Adelaide as part of his 80-n-out to carry England through to the 2022 final. Like his counterpart Rohit, Buttler was also in fine form in the final Super Eights game as he hit 83 not out from 38 balls including 30 runs from spinner Harmeet Singh.

Prediction: India to win at 1.57.

Key Stats

Reece Topley has taken only one wicket from five appearances in the 2024 T20WC but has combined figures of 4/56 from his two H2Hs in this format.

Skippers Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler have both scored 191 runs from six innings so far in the tournament.

Arshdeep Singh is taking a wicket fewer than every ten balls in this campaign.

Axar Patel averages 42.6 with the ball in T20s against England’s top seven in their last game.

The top four T20I bowling performances at this venue have come during the 2024 T20WC.

Jofra Archer has been England’s top bowler in three out of their seven matches in the tournament.

Best Bets

Best Bets: Virat Kohli to score under 24.5 runs at 1.86.

Value Bet: Kuldeep Yadav to be India’s top bowler at 4.50.

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