T20 World Cup Semi-finals
As the T20 World Cup Semi-finals nears its conclusion, we have all the information you need for two crucial semi-final matches.
Who is still alive?
Australia will not defend their T20 World Cup Semi-finals title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13 after being eliminated at the Super 12s stage owing to an inferior net run rate (NRR).
- It is now up to New Zealand, England, India, and Pakistan to compete for the crown.
- All bouts will begin at 7 p.m. AEDT.
How am I supposed to watch?
Even though Australia has been eliminated at the T20 World Cup Semi-finals, there are still several ways to follow the action from the tournament’s last three matches. Foxtel and Kayo Sports have shown every T20 World Cup games to far and will do so again for the major ones.
This tournament also marks the return of cricket to the Nine Network, which holds exclusive rights to ICC tournaments in Australia. The semi-finals and final will be shown on their main channel or 9Gem (depending on your location), as well as on their streaming portal 9Now. More information may be found in local guides.
Can I hear you?
The ABC and SEN will also provide radio coverage of each semi-final and final, so if you prefer the wireless, you have a few of alternatives!
Where can I purchase tickets?
There are still a few tickets left for these matches, believe it or not, but you must act quickly! The previous two World Cup finals at the MCG have been remarkable events; the Women’s T20 World Cup final in March 2020 drew 86,174 spectators to watch Australia’s all-conquering women’s team take the cup, and the Men’s ODI World Cup final in March 2015 drew 93,013 as the Aussies defeated New Zealand.
What about inclement weather?
Unfortunately, weather has been an issue throughout the competition, affecting numerous matches, including four ‘no results’ and three Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) decisions. However, if there is too much rain and the DLS technique cannot be used, reserve days are set to assure a fair outcome.
If a reserve day is necessary, the following start time applies:
- Semi-final 1: Tuesday, November 10, 2 p.m. AEDT
- Semi-final No. 2: November 11, 2 p.m. AEDT
- Deadline: November 14, 3pm AEDT
As we all know, in rain-affected matches, a minimum of five overs must be delivered to the team batting second in order to constitute a match – something South Africa discovered the hard way against Zimbabwe in Hobart at the T20 World Cup Semi-finals! However, as we near the finish of the competition, the regulations change somewhat. In the semi-finals and final, a minimum of 10 overs must be bowled to the team batting second, unless a result is gained sooner.
India, which won Group 2, has the best record of any semi-finalist, with four victories and one defeat from five matches. The greatest NRR from the Super 12s, however, goes to New Zealand, whose +2.112 was a crucial factor in Australia’s elimination from the competition. Pakistan, on the other hand at the T20 World Cup Semi-finals, may be in the best shape in the group; after losing their first two matches to India and Zimbabwe, they’ve won three in a row to leapfrog South Africa into the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, England should not be overlooked. They stumbled against Ireland in Melbourne, but easily overcame New Zealand to go to the next round, and they have a slew of match-winners with plenty of experience in Australia.
Who should you keep an eye on?
While India’s openers have mainly underperformed this season, its middle order maestros Virat Kohli (246 runs) and Suryakumar Yadav (225 runs) have improved their reputations with a number of spectacular performances. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has failed to score runs, but it hasn’t mattered since his bowlers have remained firm at the T20 World Cup Semi-finals. Shadab Khan’s leg-spinners (10 wickets) have been among the most productive in the competition, with quicks Shaheen Shah Afridi (eight wickets) and Haris Rauf (six wickets) leading the way.
New Zealand’s batsmen, particularly Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and notably Glenn Phillips, have had an influence on games at various periods, but it’s difficult to overlook skipper Kane Williamson (132 runs) as their key. His form has been criticized in the build-up to and throughout the T20 World Cup Semi-finals, but as a big-game player, he will rise to the occasion, as he did in last year’s final against Australia (85 off 48).
The obvious choice would be to choose Jos Buttler (119 runs) as England’s man to watch, but left armer Sam Curran has been as brilliant. While bowling the tricky death overs, the allrounder has taken ten wickets and been frugal (6.4 runs per over).
Can you show me the money?
The tournament winner will get a substantial US$1.6 million (A$2.5 million) prize for winning the trophy. The losers will get half of the prize money.
The two losing semi-finalists will each get US$400,000 (A$645,000).
T20 World Cup for Men in 2022
- Semi-final 1: Wednesday, 7pm AEDT, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, SCG
- Semi-final 2: India vs. England, Thursday, 7 p.m. AEDT, Adelaide Oval
- Final: Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m. AEDT, MCG
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