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Rohit Shines, Kuldeep Spins India into T20 World Cup Semis

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India secured a convincing 24-run victory over Australia in St Lucia to book their place in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Rohit Sharma’s breath-taking knock of 92 runs off just 41 balls proved to be the difference maker, while Kuldeep Yadav’s timely spell with the ball put the brakes on Australia’s chase.

Rohit’s Masterclass Takes Center Stage

India’s innings hinged on a dominant performance by Rohit Sharma. He single-handedly revived the innings after the early dismissal of Virat Kohli, taking on Australia’s premier fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, and smashing him for a four-six onslaught in a single over. This aggressive display put India firmly in control, setting the tone for a strong total.

India Maintain Momentum Through Middle Overs

Despite losing Rishabh Pant after a sluggish knock, India continued to pile on the runs in the middle overs. Suryakumar Yadav complemented Rohit’s brilliance with some crisp strokeplay, and the duo added valuable runs at a brisk pace. Even the experienced Adam Zampa proved ineffective against India’s batting onslaught.

Australia Strike Back in Later Stages

Australia clawed their way back into the contest during the death overs. They managed to restrict India to a defendable total of 205 runs, with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins bowling economically in the final stages.

Head and Marsh Provide Early Hope for Australia

Australia’s chase mirrored India’s innings in its initial stages. They lost David Warner early but countered effectively through a strong partnership between Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh. The duo took on India’s pace attack, particularly Jasprit Bumrah, and looked poised for a big score.

Spinners Deliver Crucial Breakthroughs

India desperately needed a wicket to break the Australian momentum, and Axar Patel provided the answer with a spectacular diving catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell. Kuldeep Yadav then stepped up, bamboozling Maxwell with a clever delivery and turning the tide in India’s favor. Axar returned later in the innings to remove Marcus Stoinis, leaving Australia in a precarious position.

India Clinch Victory Despite Head Heroics

Australia’s batting order crumbled after the dismissal of key players. While Travis Head continued to fight valiantly, wickets fell around him, making the required run rate increasingly difficult to achieve. Jasprit Bumrah’s two overs in the death overs proved too much to handle for the remaining Australian batsmen, and India secured a hard-fought victory.

India Set Up Semi-Final Clash with England

With this win, India have reached the T20 World Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive time. They are scheduled to face England in a rematch of the 2022 semi-final, setting the stage for another exciting encounter. Australia’s fate rests on the outcome of the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match. A win for Bangladesh or a washout will see Afghanistan progress to the semi-finals, eliminating Australia from the competition.

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