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Poor things, maybe they give up their status (which should have been stripped)

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I think it’s great they made the semis… Just a shame they lost so heavily… The only thing i don’t like about them is their government.

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England’s title defence is over after they lost their second semi final to India by 68 runs in Guyana.

The win was sweet revenge for India, which got hammered by England by 10 wickets in the 2022 World Cup semifinal at Adelaide Oval.

Chasing 172 for victory, England made a fast start, but lost their batters at regular intervals. No one scored higher than 25. Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav each took three wickets.

Earlier, India made 7/171 from 20 overs, thanks mainly to captain Rohit Sharma who smashed 57 off 39 balls, and Suryakumar Yadav (47 off 36).

South Africa will play India in the final on Saturday local time.

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India beat South Africa by seven runs in the final in Bridgetown, Barbados, to win their second T20 World Cup title, 17 years after claiming the inaugural tournament.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, India struck early trouble at 3/34, before player of the match Virat Kohli (76 off 59) and Axar Patel (47 off 31) put on 72 for the fourth wicket. After Patel was dismissed, Kohli added 57 for the fifth wicket with Shivam Dube (27 off 16). India eventually finished on 7/176 after 20 overs.

Playing in their first ICC tournament final, South Africa lost two early wickets but Quinton de Kock, Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klassen and David Miller steadied the ship. Klassen and Miller blasted 24 runs in the 15th over, and the Proteas were within sight of victory at 4/151 with five overs to go, but Indian bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah (player of the series) fought back, slowing down the run rate and taking the crucial wickets of Klassen and Miller.

After the match, Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma announced their retirement from T20 internationals.

India will co-host the T20 World Cup in February-March 2026 with Sri Lanka.

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I will wonder if the Indian Pakistan match will take place in Sri Lanka?

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When India/Bangladesh/Sri Lanka hosted the 2011 ODI WC, the IND v PAK game was played in India.

Not sure if/how things would have changed to make that not possible now or in the future.

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No chance unless there’s visa issues. Ahmedabad most likely.

The team of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 (in batting order) is:

Rohit Sharma (captain) - India
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper) - Afghanistan
Nicholas Pooran – West Indies
Suryakumar Yadav - India
Marcus Stoinis - Australia
Hardik Pandya - India
Axar Patel - India
Rashid Khan - Afghanistan
Jasprit Bumrah - India
Arshdeep Singha - India
Fazalhaq Farooqi – Afghanistan
12th player: Anrich Nortje - South Africa

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On the first anniversary of Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping at Lord’s, former England captain Joe Root has admitted he might well have taken the same action as his Ashes rival had he been faced with a similar scenario.

England’s players have had their say on the pivotal moment of last year’s drawn campaign – when Australia keeper Alex Carey threw down the stumps with Bairstow ambling carelessly out of his crease – in a three-part documentary series ‘The Ashes 2023 | Our Take’.

The series, produced and aired by England and Wales Cricket Board, provides the counterpoint to Cricket Australia’s latest edition of The Test with the central characters of the incendiary second Test at Lord’s revealing new insights.

Joe Root said:

“Jonny will hate me saying this, but if you stay in your crease you can’t get given out can you?”

(The three episodes of The Ashes 2023 | Our Take is now streaming on the ECB official website, but you will need a registered account to see them)

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WOW. What a debut for Gus Atkinson! 7/45 (12 - 5 - 45 - 7): third best England debut figures.

Nice to see the return of the wooden-coloured stumps as well.

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England thrashed West Indies by an innings and 114 runs at Lord’s today, in James Anderson’s final test. He took four scalps in this match to finish on 704 wickets. Gus Atkinson grabbed another five wickets (5/61) in the Windies’ second innings to claim player of the match honours.

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Amazing feat by Anderson to last 188 Test matches for his 704 wickets (just four behind Warnie).

Him and Stuart Broad are well ahead of the next highest pace bowlers, McGrath at 124/563 and Courtney Walsh 132/519 (matches/wickets).

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