T20 ICC World Cup — Group Stage Review
As of now, all 4 teams that will enter the semi-finals of the T20 ICC World Cup are confirmed! Congratulations to all backers of Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, and England.
We still have a game left for the group stage before the semi-finals, but it’s not going to change anything at this point.
The fall from grace — West Indies
Reigning champions, West Indies, had a disappointing run in this edition of the competition, winning only against Bangladesh in Group 1, and crashing out of the semi-final contention very early on.
Almost there — South Africa & India
South Africa missed a semi-finals spot despite winning their last game against eventual Top-4 side England. The Proteas needed to restrict Eoin Morgan’s side to less than 131 runs in their defense of 189. Even a hat-trick from Kagiso Rabada wasn’t enough to get the run difference South Africa needed and the heaviest backed team (check) on our platform bowed out.
Probably the biggest upset of the tournament will come when Virat Kohli’s men will fail to make the final four despite one game against Namibia left, which they are almost guaranteed to win.
New Zealand’s dominant win against Afghanistan put India out of contention and ended any chance that they could farewell coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli from the T20 leadership in style.
England & Australia
The two semi-finalists from Group 1 did a lot right but suffered wobbles along the way. England will however be concerned with the injury to opener Jason Roy coming in the final game against South Africa, and the loss in this game has muted their movements going into the Semi-Finals.
Australia won most of their games pretty comfortably but the loss to England during the Super 12 stage will mar any confidence they have doing into the deciding matches, particularly if they have to face England in the final.”
- Australia beat South Africa
- England beat Australia
- South Africa beat England
- Both Australia and England lost to India in the warmup matches of the competition.
Pakistan blew Group 2 away and emerged as the strongest of the four semi-finalists, winning all 5 of their games. They’ve got the momentum going into the deciding matches, which they built on from the opening victory against India.
Have they peaked too early?
Being in the same group as India and Pakistan, New Zealand wasn’t considered favorites to make the semis. However, the Black Caps seem to be at the top of their game in all forms of the sport, having recently won the Test Championship and runners-up in the 2019 ODI World Cup.
England will be tough opponents in the first semi-final, but with England’s injury concern and NZ’s methodical and businesslike approach, they may just be able to pull off another upset
- New Zealand lost to both England and Australia during the warmup. Can New Zealand make it count when it matters most during the semi-finals?
England v New Zealand, 10 November
Pakistan v Australia, 11 November
Winner of Semi-Final 1 vs Winner of Semi-Final 2, 15 November
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