T20 World Cup 2021 is now at its final stage. England, Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand have reached the semi-finals.The first semi-final match is to be played between England and New Zealand on 10 November.England have performed tremendously throughout the tournament and finished on top of Group I to ensure their place in the semi-finals.Let’s look at the journey of Eoin Morgan-led England in the current World Cup.
Traumatized West Indies in the first match
England defeated West Indies by six wickets in their first match of Super-12 .Playing first, the West Indies batsmen disappointed and the entire Caribbean team was reduced to 55 runs in 14.2 overs.A small target was easily chased by England in the ninth over to start their campaign with a win.Adil Rashid took the highest four wickets (4/2) from England. Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills took two wickets each.
In the match played in Abu Dhabi, England defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets to register their second consecutive win of the T20 World Cup 2021.Bangladesh, playing first, scored just 124 runs after the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets. In reply, England achieved the target for the loss of two wickets with the help of Jason Roy’s half-century (61).In the bowling, Tymal Mills took three wickets for 27 runs.
Hat-trick of victory by defeating Australia
In their third match of Super-12, England beat Australia by eight wickets and scored a hat-trick of victory.Batting first, Australia scored 125 runs thanks to Aaron Finch (44).Chasing the score, England won the match with the help of Jos Buttler’s (71 *) innings. Buttler made a smoky start to his half-century in just 25 balls.
England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs
England almost sealed their place in the semi-finals after beating Sri Lanka by 26 runs in their fourth Super-12 match .Batting first, England scored 163/4 thanks to Jos Buttler (101 *). In reply, the entire Sri Lankan team could only score 137 runs.Butler became only the second batsman to score a century as a wicket-keeper batsman in the T20 World Cup. Brendon McCullum has done this feat before him.
England lost in their last group match
England’s victory chariot in T20 World Cup 2021 was stopped by South Africa .The Proteas had registered a 10-run win over England in their last group match.In the match played in Sharjah, South Africa scored 189/2 with the help of innings from van der Dussen (94 *) and Aiden Markram (52 *).In reply, England’s team could only score 179/8 by playing full overs. Moeen Ali scored 37 runs from England.
These players performed well from England
English opener Jos Buttler has been in excellent form in this World Cup. He has so far scored 240 runs in five matches at an impressive average of 120.00. Meanwhile, he has also scored a century.On the other hand, Adil Rashid has been the most successful in bowling. He has taken eight wickets in five matches at an average of 13.37.Chris Jordan has taken six wickets in five matches.