T20 World Cup semifinal: Slight chances of rain for India-England showdown

Currently, there is a 20% chance of rainfall on Thursday, and the weather will stay cloudy, as per Australia's Bureau of Meteorology

Photo: ICC
Photo: ICC


Published: Thu 10 Nov 2022, 7:52 AM

Rain could make an unwanted appearance in the marquee ICC T20 World Cup second semi-final clash between India and England, on Thursday at Adelaide.

Cricket fans are awaiting this clash with high anticipation following India's recent form at the T20 World Cup, where they just lost one match and finished as table toppers, but rain could play spoilsport.

Currently, there is a 20 per cent chance that rainfall will happen and the weather will stay cloudy.

"Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm this morning. Winds west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h turning southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the late afternoon," reads the forecast of Sunday as per Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

The stage is set for a high-octane second semifinal clash between India and England at the ICC T20 World Cup in the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

India finished their Group Stage at the top of their group's table, winning four out of their five Super 12 matches. A defeat to South Africa was the only blip in the Men in Blue's consistent performances during the group stage.

Indian batters have been solid for the most part. Suryakumar Yadav (225 runs in five matches with three fifties), and Virat Kohli (246 runs in five matches with three fifties) have beautifully carried the line-up.

KL Rahul has gained form, scoring two consecutive fifties in his previous two matches, bringing his run tally to 123 runs in five. Rohit Sharma has largely been inconsistent, with only 89 runs in five matches — his best being 53 against the Netherlands. These two will have to be at the top of their game to lessen the pressure on the middle order.

All of India's frontline pacers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4 wickets), Mohammad Shami (6 wickets) and Arshdeep Singh (10 wickets) — have been phenomenal so far. Spin veteran Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (six and eight wickets respectively) have also delivered well with the ball, though Pandya has not found much success with the bat, other than his knock of 40 against Pakistan.

Axar Patel is the Men in Blue's sole concern in bowling, with his economy rate exceeding nine. It would be interesting if Yuzvendra Chahal gets a chance in the high-stake semifinal. England has had an up-and-down journey in the Super 12. After a win over Afghanistan, their qualification chances dimmed after a loss to Ireland and the match against Australia was abandoned.

Still, strong showings against New Zealand and Sri Lanka brought them back into the competition, and now they're set to take on India.


England's deep batting line-up, running down to number 10, is their strength. Their line-up has some power hitters like Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Harry Brook who can whack bowlers from ball one. They can be lethal at Adelaide, where batting-friendly conditions prevail and boundaries are short.

England's bowling unit has stepped up drastically, despite not being rated high initially. Sam Curran is England's leading wicket-taker with 10, while Mark Wood has nine. Ben Stokes has also proved to be useful, having picked up five scalps at an economy rate of 5.90 per over.

They do have some concerns though, be it the fitness of left-hander Dawid Malan or pacer Wood or the performance of Chris Woakes, who has been expensive throughout the tournament.

Spinners have also been disappointing. Though Adil Rashid has been miserly while bowling, he has taken only one wicket in four matches.

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