England – How it began
England kicked off their T20 World Cup in great fashion in a bustling Dubai by thrashing the reigning champions West Indies by 6 wickets. England’s bowlers were on fine form, Adil Rashid took four, Moeen Ali taking two, Tymal Mills also taking two and one each for Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. England were just as clinical with the bat, only losing four wickets. Butler earned England most of their runs with 24 not out, a combined effort saw England over the line with 56-4. England got the job done in only 8.2 overs, England have their eye on the trophy and what a way to get their tournament underway.
Despite missing some keys players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran who are all nursing injuries, England still produced a dominant performance. These players were instrumental during the 2019 ODI World Cup, with Stokes and Archer displaying heroics in the final against New Zealand.
Battering of Bangladesh
With the first game out the way and now a distant memory, England’s next hurdle came in the shape of Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with Ali taking two early wickets. Bangladesh star man Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed shortly after by Chris Woakes. Bangladesh only managed to conjure up a total of 124 runs, the feeling after that innings was positive from an England perspective.
Jason Roy opened the batting in characteristically bullish style. He produced 61 runs, hitting five 4’s and three 6’s. Roy’s night came to an end when he was caught by Nasum. Butler was also victim to being caught, finishing his time with the bat on 18 runs. Malan and Bairstow saw out the win in comfortable style. This was Bangladesh’s second loss of the tournament, it doesn’t look likely that they will progress much further in the competition. England, however, have put themselves in prime position going into their third match against Australia. The match with Australia will be a tricky test for England’s cricketers.
Damage Done in Dubai
The stage was set at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The England players knew this was a crucial game and if won they would be a brilliant position. An unchanged England side opted to bowl first. Woakes took a huge first wicket taking David Warner after only two balls with Warner scoring just one run. This pattern continued when a heroic catch from a bang in form Woakes who sent Steve Smith on his way for 1. The rest of England’s bowling was sharp and had a very dangerous feel to it. Australia’s batsman finished their innings on an underwhelming 125.
England’s stand out batsman this game was Jos Buttler, who smashed his was to a very impressive 71 not out. It took England 11.4 overs to score a total of 126. Another opponent dismantled, could England be the team to beat during this T20 World Cup? With Jos Buttler talked about being the best short format batsman in the world, it’s no surprise that the confidence in the camp was continuing to increase.
Buttler’s Batting Brilliance
England’s game against Sri Lanka was going to be far from an easy fixture. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. England had proved handy with the bad throughout the tournament so far. However, this was not mirrored at the start of the innings with Jason Roy being bowled out after facing only 6 balls. It was England’s other opening batsman, Jos Buttler who was to make the headlines. Buttler spent 104 minutes in bat, in this time he managed to hit a huge score of 101 not out. He managed six 4’s and six 6’s. His aggressive approach was exactly what England needed. He became only the fourth man to to hit a T20 hundred for England, and what a time to do it. England ended their innings with 163-4. It was up to Sri Lanka to chase down that score. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with a mix of aggressive fast bowling and tantalising spin. Sri Lanka could only reach 137 all out, England had proved they were just too powerful for Sri Lanka.
Sharjah Summed Up
Sharjah is where England played their final group match of the tournament. This challenge was in the form of a South Africa side who were also looking to progress to the later stages of the T20 World Cup. England decided to field first. England’s bowlers could not seem to replicate a brilliant bowling performance like the one against Australia. South Africa ended their time with the bat on 189-2, a very respectable score.
England were somewhat inconsistent in their batting and suffered their first defeat in the T20 World Cup. England, South Africa and Australia all finished their group matches on 8 points each. This didn’t however hinder England’s progression to the semi-final as they had a better overall run rate than South Africa. England’s Net run rate was 2.464, Australia’s 1.216 and South Africa’s being 0.739. This meant England and Australia made it to the semi-finals, while South Africa’s tournament came crashing to a halt.
Round up from Group 2
Group 2 also provided a similar amount of drama, with some outstanding cricket being played. Pakistan strolled to being crowned group winners, they remained unbeaten in their group winning all five of their games. New Zealand were hot on the tails of the Pakistan team, they won 4 out of 5 of their matches, only losing to a persistent Pakistan side by 5 wickets. The team that surprised many were India. India didn’t manage to make it out the group and only mustered up 3 wins from their 5 games. With India being a nation who are cricket mad, this must have come as a huge disappointment to many Indian fans, including Virat Kohli, who took his final bow as T20 Indian camptain. One team from each group disappointed with no wins across all their games and those two teams were Bangladesh and Scotland.
All Set for the Semis
The First semi-final commences on the 10th of November where England take on New Zealand. This will be a re-match of the 2019 Cricket ODI World Cup Final. New Zealand will be looking to avenge the loss they were handed by England in a stunning final in England. It promises to a heavily contested match as both teams finished on 8 points in the group stage. England have been tipped to edge it against New Zealand, I’m sure cricket fans across England will be watching with everything crossed.
Pakistan face Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday the 11th of November. A ruthless Pakistan side are the only team who have gone unbeaten throughout the tournament so far and they will of course look to keep that 100% winning record intact against Australia. The favourites going into this semi-final are Pakistan, can Australia cause an upset and make it to the final? England won a tight T20 series 2-1 against Pakistan in the summer, so Eoin Morgan and the team will be confident in facing them in the final., even without Jason Roy and Tymal Mills due to injury.
Tale of the Two Semis
New Zealand looked to take revenge of England in the first Semi-final of the T20 World Cup. New Zealand took to the field first and hoped their bowlers could get in some early wickets. England’s batting performance got off to a modest start. The two openers Butler and Bairstow earned England a combined total of 42 runs off 41 balls. The stand out batsman during England’s innings was Ali who produced a great total of 51, which kept England hopes alive. New Zealand had 166 to chase. They managed to chase England’s 166 with an over to spare. Impressive performances from Mitchell, Conway and Neesham helped New Zealand edge it over England. It was not to be for England but they can hold their heads high after a tournament with some great performances.
The second Semi-Final saw Australia and Pakistan battle it out for a place in the lucrative T20 World Cup Final. Australia won the toss and like many teams over the tournament, decided to field first. Pakistan have showed throughout the World Cup they can be very useful with the bat and this pattern continued. Rizwan hit 67 after being caught out by Smith, Babar also fell victim in Australian hands as he was caught by Warner. It was Pakistan’s opening three who really made up most of the runs, Their closing three only managed a total of 2 runs between them. As well as New Zealand, Australia finished the game off in 19 overs. Notable performances from Stonis and Wade who remained not out, saw Australia to the win with 177-5. It was to be a final between the two teams in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted the Final and what a venue it is. New Zealand were put into bat first, Guptill got things underway with a trio of fours in quick succession. Things were going well for New Zealand, Williamson was mounting a promising attack for them up until a rampant Williamson dismissed him. Williamson took a further two wickets in a short space of time, this was to be the downfall for New Zealand. Australia needed to score 174 runs to win the T20 World Cup. It was their time to bat and openers Warner and Finch confidently made their way out to the pitch. Finch didn’t last long as he was caught by boult for 5, Warner however hit a very respectable 53. Marsh earned Australia the majority of their runs, hitting a huge 77, Maxwell contributed 28 runs which saw Australia win their first T20 World Cup. Australia had powered to an 8 wicket thrashing of New Zealand. And just like that the curtain is closed on the T20 World Cup, what a tournament it has been from Dubai.
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