### T20 World Cup: Semifinals Preview

India, Afghanistan, South Africa, and England are the final teams in the T20 World Cup’s ‘Super 8s’ stage. This tournament has been notable for its focus on bowlers performing better than batsmen.

There have been many close matches, and more exciting games are expected in the upcoming semifinals.

**India vs England**

Date & Time: June 27, 7:30 pm PST
Venue: Providence, Guyana
Chance of Rain: 88% (no extra day)

India has won 12 out of 23 T20 matches against England, which is 52%. In T20 World Cups, both India and England have won two matches each in their four meetings. However, England won decisively in their last encounter in 2022 by 10 wickets.

India won all their group-stage matches except one against Canada, which was canceled. They defeated Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Australia comfortably in the Super 8 stage.

**Key Players for India**

India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been outstanding. Captain Rohit Sharma is in top form with his batting, hitting many sixes. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has made significant contributions with both bat (averaging 58) and ball (8 wickets).

**England (current champions, world number 3):**

Captain Jos Buttler’s team has been strong against weaker teams but lost to Australia in the group stage and South Africa in the Super 8 stage.

**Key Players for England**

The opening pair of Jos Buttler and Phil Salt are known for their match-winning abilities. England’s bowling is diverse, featuring speedster Jofra Archer (9 wickets) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

**South Africa vs Afghanistan**

Date & Time: June 27, 5:30 am PST
Venue: Tarouba, Trinidad & Tobago
Chance of Rain: 37% (with a backup day available)

South Africa and Afghanistan have met twice in World Cups, with South Africa leading 2-0.

South Africa is the only unbeaten team besides India. They have won several tight matches, showing their ability to handle pressure situations and are overcoming their history of being labeled as ‘chokers.’

**Key Players for Afghanistan**

Batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz is crucial for Afghanistan. Captain Rashid Khan leads their bowling attack, which includes effective pacers like Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen ul Haq.

**Key Players for South Africa**

Opener Quinton de Kock, wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen, and fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are key players. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi adds unpredictability to their bowling lineup.

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