The top two ranked T20 teams meet in Thursday’s semi-final, as India and England go head-to-head at the Adelaide Oval.
|What||India v England - World T20 semi-final|
|Where||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia|
|When||Thursday, 10th November – 8am|
|How to Watch||Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event|
|Odds||India 4/5, England|
England are waiting anxiously on the fitness of paceman Mark Wood, after he was forced to pull out of training earlier this week.
Officially the fastest bowler at the tournament, the Durham ace wasn’t able to bowl in the nets on Tuesday with England officials saying he was struggling with general body stiffness.
Wood’s fitness is one of two major injury concerns for coach Matthew Mott, who is also waiting on news of Dawid Malan.
Ranked the sixth-best T20 batter in world cricket, Malan pulled a groin muscle in the dramatic Super 12s win over Sri Lanka and wasn’t able to bat.
But reports coming out of the England camp suggest the Yorkshire star is optimistic he will be fit in time to face India, although it may be seen as a gamble in such a big game.
If Malan is not deemed fit enough to play, Phil Salt looks the most likely replacement although David Willey is another potential option.
India also have their fitness concerns after a worrying moment for skipper Rohit Sharma, who was hit on the forearm during a nets session.
After receiving treatment, Rohit returned to face just one ball before walking off, but the 35-year-old was back an hour later and seemed to be ok.
The Indian selectors also seem to face a dilemma as to who should take their place in the middle-order with what looks like a choice between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.
Tournament officials have confirmed that they will use the same pitch for the second semi-final that was used for last Friday’s World T20 double header.
Whether a used pitch will give either team an advantage remains to be seen, but one factor in India’s favour is the fact that they have already played at the Adelaide Oval in this tournament.
Coach Rahul Dravid saw his team beat Bangladesh in a rain-affected clash in Adelaide, where two batters scored half-centuries – KL Rahul (50) and Virat Kohli (64 no).
India also have a slight edge in the head-to-head stats, winning 12 of the 22 meetings in the shortest format, with England claiming 10 victories.
Jos Buttler’s men have not been their usual consistent level in 2022, with 13 wins in their 25 T20 internationals, but they do go into this semi-final with victories in seven of their last eight completed games.
In contrast, India have won 27 of their 37 T20 internationals in this calendar year – a run that has seen them move to the top of the team world rankings.
Kohli’s team-mate Suryakumar Yadav sits third in the ‘most runs’ stats, racking up 225, and he's going into the semi-final off the back of an unbeaten 61 in the final group game against Zimbabwe.
England don’t currently have anyone in the top 10 of the tournament’s highest run scorers, but don’t read too much into that as England have had one game – against Australia – totally washed out.
Two of their most important batsmen showed some form in the crucial win over Sri Lanka, with Alex Hales making 47 and Ben Stokes an unbeaten 42. Stokes is available at to be named Player of the Match in the semi-final.
England do, however, have the second-highest ranked bowler in terms of economy, with Moeen Ali having an economy rate of 4.50, while Sam has the best match figures, taking 5-10 in the win over Afghanistan.
Arshdeep Singh has been India’s most successful bowler so far, with the seamer picking up 10 wickets in the tournament, including three in the crucial win over rivals Pakistan.