T20 World Cup: And then there were four: Afghanistan, India, England and South Africa


Afghanistan's captain Rashid Khan celebrates the dismissal of India's Rishabh Pant during their Super 8 Group 1 match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last Thursday (ANI)

Afghanistan’s win over Bangladesh not only cemented their place in the tournament but also knocked a powerhouse team, Australia, out of contention. It’s a moment of immense pride for Afghanistan cricket and a testament to their hard work and talent

Archan Mehta
San Jose, CA

Afghanistan’s journey to the T20 World Cup semi-finals has been nothing short of incredible. Their win against Bangladesh was a nail-biter, with emotions running high throughout the rain-affected match. Coach Jonathan Trott’s passionate display reflected the team’s determination, and Naveen-ul-Haq’s crucial wicket secured a historic first-ever semi-final berth for Afghanistan.

This achievement comes on the heels of their upset victory over Australia in the Super Eights stage. Building a strong total thanks to their openers, the Afghan bowlers, particularly Naveen and Rashid Khan, then shut down the favorites. This win not only cemented their place in the tournament but also knocked a powerhouse team, Australia, out of contention. It’s a moment of immense pride for Afghanistan cricket and a testament to their hard work and talent.

Team India on the other side has been on a roll in the T20 World Cup! Their journey through the group stages and the Super Eights has been impressive, showcasing their batting depth, a strong bowling attack, and smart tactics under Captain Rohit Sharma.

In the Super Eights, India secured a big win against Australia thanks to a captain’s knock from Rohit Sharma himself. His explosive batting set the tone, and the bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah did a great job of shutting down the Australian chase.This win showed that India can adapt to any situation and execute their plans perfectly.

They continued their dominance with a convincing win over Bangladesh. Here, the batting depth came to the fore with several players contributing runs. The bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, once again restricted the opposition effectively. This win solidified India’s position as a serious contender for the championship.

India’s all-around display was on show in their opening Super Eights match against Afghanistan. Suryakumar Yadav anchored the batting with a brilliant knock on a difficult pitch. Then, Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional bowling dismantled Afghanistan’s batting lineup. This win highlighted India’s ability to handle different bowling attacks and their strength in all areas of the game.

Earlier, in the group stage, India had a thrilling encounter against Pakistan. Even though they only scored a modest total, their bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, defended it brilliantly against a strong Pakistan batting lineup. This win against their arch-rivals showed India’s fighting spirit and their ability to win even when the odds are stacked against them.

Now, heading into the semi-final clash against England, India is brimming with confidence. Captain Rohit Sharma’s focus on staying sharp, playing freely, and adapting to the conditions will be key to their success. With their strategic thinking and well-rounded team, India is a force to be reckoned with in the T20 World Cup!

South Africa’s path to the semis has been much steady and was the only other team besides India to remain unbeaten in the T20 world cup. They won some close matches in the group stages and had easier victories against others. Their bowling attack, especially the spinners, had been crucial. They edged past the West Indies and then pulled off a thrilling win against England in the final over. Another close win over the USA kept their unbeaten streak alive.

England’s journey to the T20 World Cup semi-finals was full of ups and downs. After a shaky start with a rained-out match and a big loss to Australia, they bounced back with big wins against Oman and Namibia. A close defeat for Scotland helped them reach the Super 8s, where they had a mixed bag of results. They dominated the West Indies but fell short against South Africa. Finally, a convincing win over the USA sealed their semi-final spot. The first Semi-Final of the T20 World Cup between Afghanistan and South Africa will take place in Tarouba on Wednesday, June 26. The second Semi-Final between England and India will be held in Guyana on Thursday, June 27, 2024. The winners of the semis, advance to the finals which will be played in Bridgetown on Saturday, Jun 29, 2024.

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